- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: March 11, 2007
Time: 23:20
Location: Hanea, Kauai, Hawaii
Operator: Inter-Island
Flight #: ?
Route: ?
AC Type: Mc Donnell Douglas 369FF Rotocraft
Registration: N911VC
cn / ln: 0049FF
Aboard: 5   (passengers:4  crew:1)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:1  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: The helicopter was flying low near the coast when there was a loud bang and parts, including the tail rotor, fell into the ocean. The helicopter then hit trees and a fence as it spiraled down into an open field. The fatigue failure of the tail rotor blade root fitting due to a manufacturing defect which resulted in the separation of the tail rotor system and loss of tail rotor control. A contributing factor to the accident were the trees that the helicopter struck during the autorotation.
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