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NTSB Identification: LAX85LA155
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27340.
Accident occurred Monday, February 25, 1985 in SANTA BARBARA, CA
Aircraft: ROBINSON R-22A, registration: N85550
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

STUDENT PLT STATED THAT WHILE FLYING THE LAST LEG OF A SOLO CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT HE WAS FLYING ALONG THE COAST AT 50 TO 75 FEET, HE DIVERTED HIS ATTENTION TO LOOK AT THE A MAN ON THE BEACH AND WHEN HE LOOKED BACK AT THE INSTRUMENTS HE NOTICED THE HELICOPTER WAS DESCENDING. BEFORE THE DESCENT RATE COULD BE ARRESTED THE HELICOPTER CRASHED INTO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. THE PILOT DOES NOT SUSPECT HE LOST POWER AT THE TIME HE ATTEMPTED TO ARREST HIS DESCENT AND POST CRASH INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE TO INDICATE PRECRASH MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

  • LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • DESCENT..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

Contributing Factors:
  • TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH
Full narrative is not available