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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133133
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Date:17-JAN-1995
Time:16:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 47G-3B
Owner/operator:Tillman, Clifford R.
Registration: N8462E
C/n / msn: 2634
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Natchez, MS -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On January 17, 1995, about 1620 central standard time, a Bell 47G-3B, N8462E, registered to Cherrybark Land and Timber Co., Inc., crashed during takeoff from a private airstrip near Natchez, Mississippi, while on a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The helicopter was destroyed by a post crash fire and the private-rated pilot sustained minor injuries. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated that before takeoff he failed to separate the ground handling dolly from the helicopter. During liftoff he recognized the dolly was still attached and he attempted to land the helicopter. The helicopter rolled onto its left side. The main rotor blades contacted the ground then severed the tail boom and a fire ensued.
PROBABLE CAUSE:INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT OF THE HELICOPTER BY THE PILOT FOR HIS FAILURE TO SEPARATE THE DOLLY BEFORE ATTEMPTING FLIGHT.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001207X02897


Revision history:

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