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The National Transportation Safety Board released reports on four non-fatal Hawaii helicopter accidents, attributing one to mechanical problems, two to pilot error, and one more to negligent maintenance leading to contaminated fuel.
April 23, 2005 – A flight instructor and student took off from the Kailua airport in a Robinson Helicopter Co. R22A. As the helicopter had reached an elevation of about 1,300 feet when according to the pilot, “the engine just quit.”
The pilot had no option but to dump the helicopter into the ocean. The aircraft landed in eight feet of water.
The NTSB said the accident was most likely caused by a failure of an engine exhaust valve, which probably resulted from the “failure of maintenance personnel to adequately check” the exhaust valve assembly.
July 7, 2005 – According to the NTSB, a crash resulted when pilot’s error caused the Hughes 369D helicopter’s main rotor blade to strike a tree while the pilot was attempting to land.
The helicopter managed to land a short distance from the site of the accident. The three people onboard were not seriously hurt.
March 23, 2005 – A pilot’s error caused a Robinson R-22B helicopter to fall onto its left side during an instructional flight.
The accident happened when the student began to have problems controlling the plane, and the pilot did not take “remedial action” quickly enough.
Luckily, neither the pilot nor the student was injured.
May 16, 2005 – The hard landing of a Windward Aviation Hughes 369D helicopter was caused by negligence leading to contaminated fuel, the NTSB found. The bad fuel caused the engine to lose power while the craft was in flight. No one was injured.
A contaminated fuel sample had been discovered two days earlier. The maintenance crew failed to thoroughly examine the fuel system during the complete helicopter check.
The NTSB found that the fuel storage tank’s cover was broken, and that the break allowed water, and other contaminants to enter the fuel system.
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