Accident Hughes 369A N468WE, 13 May 2007
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43788
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hughes 369A
Registration: N468WE
MSN: 280285
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Moulton, AL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Sylacauga, AL (SCD)
Destination airport:Muscle, AL (MSL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot recently purchased the helicopter through an aircraft broker. An annual inspection was done prior to the sale, at which time a main rotor blade was replaced and the other three were overhauled. The accident occurred on the fourth flight of the day of a multiple-leg cross-country flight. The flight departed from one of several planned fuel stops. No flight plan was filed, and searchers found the fire- and impact-damaged wreckage 2 days later in wooded terrain. Three of the four main rotor blades were found separated from the main rotor hub with one of the blades located about 1,100 feet from the main wreckage, consistent with an in-flight separation. A National Transportation Safety Board materials engineer examined the blade retention strap assemblies, and no preexisting material issues were identified to explain why one or more main rotor blades could have separated prior to impact.
Probable Cause: The separation of a main rotor blade from its tension torsion bar for an undetermined reason.




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:38 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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