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N9390F accident description

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Crash location Unknown
Nearest city Pontiac, MI
42.638922°N, 83.291047°W
Tail number N9390F
Accident date 26 Aug 2001
Aircraft type Hughes 269B
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

On August 26, 2001, at 1530 eastern daylight time, a Hughes 269B, N9390F, operated by Oakland Helicopters Incorporated, was substantially damaged during a simulated autorotation on runway 27R (5,000 feet by 100 feet, asphalt) at the Oakland County International Airport near Pontiac, Michigan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The 14 CFR Part 91 instructional flight was not operating on a flight plan. The airline transport pilot and instructor pilot were uninjured. The local flight originated at 1430.

The pilot reported in a written statement, "Engine failed during power-recovery phase of autorotational descent. After touchdown, (1) main rotor blade contacted tailboom..."

Inspection of the engine idle speed by a mechanic revealed that the engine idle speed was 700-800 rpm. The Schweizer 269C Pilot's Flight Manual (PFM) states under Normal Procedures, Pilot's Check of Idle Mixture, Idle Speed, and Fuel Boost Pump, "NOTE: This check of idle mixture, idle speed, and fuel boost pump shall be accomplished at the end of the last flight each day, prior to shutdown." According to the Federal Aviaiton Administration, this check was not being conducted by the operator. The PFM also states, ...NOTE: The first check (throttle into full override) should produce an idle speed no less than 1400 rpm. The second check (throttle at normal idle stop) should produce an idle speed no greater than 1600 rpm."

NTSB Probable Cause

the checklist not compiled with by the operator and not verified by the operator’s pilot and the operator's flight instructor. An additional cause was the improper autorotation by the pilot in command. The out of calibration engine idle speed was a contributing factor.

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