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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 135014
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EXEC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RotorWay Exec 162F
Owner/operator:Jonathan Houser
Registration: N771SS
MSN: 6174
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gonzales, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Gonzales, TX (T20)
Destination airport:Gonzales, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot and his passenger had just departed in a single-engine experimental helicopter when he heard a "loud pop" followed by a loss of engine power. The pilot entered an autorotation from an altitude of 75 feet and flared at approximately 40 feet above the ground to avoid hitting trees. The helicopter landed hard in a grass field and the skids were spread upon impact. The two occupants were able to deplane before the engine exhaust caught the surrounding grass on fire, and subsequently destroyed the helicopter. The pilot reported that the main drive belt, which he had been recently replaced, had failed. The helicopter wreckage was examined by an FAA inspector; however, the drive belt could not be located and it was assumed to have been destroyed in the post-impact fire.
Probable Cause: failure of the main rotor drive belt for undetermined reasons.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 10:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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