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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146623
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EXEC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RotorWay Exec 162F
Registration: N385AR
MSN: 8005
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:E of Quincy, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Quincy, WA
Destination airport:Quincy, WA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, before departure, he attached a 3-foot by 4-foot American flag to the landing skids of the helicopter. Following an uneventful takeoff, he climbed to an altitude of about 200 feet above ground level. Shortly thereafter, the flag disconnected from the skids and impacted the tail rotor. The pilot initiated an autorotation to a nearby field. Examination of the helicopter by the pilot revealed that about half of the tail boom and tail rotor assembly had separated. The pilot reported that before the flag separated, no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter existed that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to ensure that a flag attached to the landing skid was properly secured, which resulted in its in-flight separation and contact with the tail rotor.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

05-Jul-2012 15:43 Geno Added
08-Jul-2012 07:12 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Damage]
04-May-2013 17:47 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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