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IAD00WA004

On November 7, 1999, a Hughes 369D helicopter, N1096C, operated by Good Fabrication of Indianapolis, Indiana, was destroyed at impact near Cologne, Germany. The German Accident Investigation Bureau reports that the aircraft was witnessed flying into low clouds, with the intention of coming out on top. The helicopter was observed coming out of low clouds in an uncontrollable attitude and crashing in a hilly area. Both persons on board, the pilot and a passenger, were fatally injured. The Investigation Bureau also states that the aircraft was on a VFR (visual flight rules) flight in bad weather. It is not yet known whether a flight plan was filed.

The U.S.-registered helicopter was manufactured by Hughes Helicopter in 1980. Other records are not yet available.

The U.S. Accredited Representative is Thomas R. Conroy, Senior Air Safety Investigator, AS-20, NTSB, Washington, D.C. 20594, tel (202) 314-6314 / fax -6329.

For further information, contact the Investigator-in-Charge:

Mr. Joerg Schoeneberg Flugunfalluntersuchungsstelle D-3000 Braunschweig, Germany

tel. 49 531 3548 500 / fax -246

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