MIA95LA168
MIA95LA168

On June 10, 1995, about 1300 eastern daylight time, a Continental Copters El Tomcat MK6C, N9034T, registered to and operated by Whirly Birds, Inc., was substantially damaged during an autorotative landing near Arcadia, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR Part 137 aerial application flight. The commercial-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The flight originated near the accident site about 1254.

The pilot stated that while flying about 15 feet above ground level over a ditch dispersing chemical, the engine failed due to fuel exhaustion. He initiated a 180-degree turn and maneuvered the helicopter between orange trees. The helicopter was landed hard damaging the tailboom and the right skid.

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