Sat, Apr 14, 2007
NTSB Inspecting Maui Helo Tail Rotor
The National Transportation Safety
Board is taking special interest in the tail rotor -- especially
the gearbox -- of a Maui tour helicopter that made a hard landing
March 28 at Kahului Airport.
The Eurocopter AS 350 BA, owned by MauiScape Helicopters Inc.,
was carrying seven people when the incident occurred during same
month that two other tour helicopters crash-landed on Kaua'i,
killing five people.
The AS 350 BA entered 'Iao Valley at the end of an hour-long
sightseeing flight when the pilot encountered a problem with yaw,
according to an NTSB preliminary report.
When the pilot realized he had no tail rotor control, he
declared an emergency before landing on Runway 2. The helicopter
sustained minor damage and no injuries were reported.
An FAA airworthiness inspector found a mounting tang in the tail
rotor gearbox pitch-change bellcrank was fractured. The
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