Fuel exhaustion Accident Bell 47D-1 N59326,
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Date:Saturday 3 January 1998
Time:10:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 47D-1
Owner/operator:Wing & Rotor International
Registration: N59326
MSN: 45
Year of manufacture:1959
Total airframe hrs:5589 hours
Engine model:Franklin 6V4
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bunnell, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The student pilot was on a supervised solo flight in the traffic pattern, practicing landings and takeoffs. At an altitude of about 300 feet above the airport, the helicopter's engine lost power. The student autorotated to an open field, and the helicopter was damaged during a forced landing. The student said when he checked the fuel gauge during preflight, it indicated '5/8' of a tank, which was confirmed by a 'dip stick test.' When he next checked the fuel gauge after doing some pattern work, it indicated '3/8' tank. According to an FAA Inspector's statement, '...the fuel tank was drained and less than 12 ounces of fuel remained in the undamaged fuel tank...no other maintenance discrepancies were found which may have contributed to the accident.' The flight was about 1 hour and 10 minutes in duration.

Probable Cause: the student pilot's improper planning/decision, which resulted in fuel exhaustion, loss of engine power, and a forced landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: MIA98LA051
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
4 October 1991 N3655F Allied Helicopter Service, Inc 0 Clewiston, FL sub


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