On January 20, 1996, about 1600 eastern standard time, N87JH, a Bell 206B crashed in Bahamian waters near Exuma Island, Exuma, Bahamas, while on a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot received minor injuries. The flight originated from Little Hall Pond Cay, Bahamas.

The pilot stated that he was performing a practice autorotation near the island at about 1,200 feet. The low rotor rpm alarm came at about 90 percent N2 and the rotor rpm continued to decrease. The collective pitch control had an elastic feel to it, as if something was stuck, it did not respond and he could not recover with full rpm. The helicopter came to rest in 3 feet of water.

This accident investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Bahamian aviation authorities. This report is filed for informational purposes only, and contains only that information obtained for or provided by the Bahamian aviation authorities. For additional information contact:

The Director General Civil Aviation P.O. Box N-975 Nassau, Bahamas Telephone: 809-377-7177

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