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N500PH accident description

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Crash location 19.723056°N, 155.057778°W
Nearest city Hilo, HI
19.729722°N, 155.090000°W
2.1 miles away
Tail number N500PH
Accident date 25 Jul 2013
Aircraft type Mcdonnell Douglas Helicopter 369E
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

During a round trip tour flight, the pilot determined that the fuel state was low, and decided to return to the airport. The flight entered the airport environment and the pilot requested priority handling for a low fuel state. The engine subsequently lost power and the pilot initiated an autorotation to a field at the approach end of the runway. During the landing the helicopter's skid collapsed and the helicopter rolled over on to its right side which resulted in substantial damage. The operator indicated that there were no preimpact malfunctions or failures with the engine or airframe that would have precluded normal operation.





NTSB Probable Cause

A loss of engine power due to the pilot's improper planning and  mismanagement of the fuel supply, which resulted in fuel exhaustion.

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