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Accident Report Detail

Los Angeles Airways, Inc., Sikorsky S-61L, N303Y

Executive Summary

About 1751 PDT, May 22, 1968, Los Angeles Airways Flight 841, a Sikorsky S-61L, N303Y, Crashed and burned at Paramount, California. The flight was en route from the Anaheim, California, Heliport, which serves Disneyland, to the Los Angeles International Airport. All 23 persons aboard the aircraft were fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire after impact.

Probable Cause

The Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the loss of main rotor blade damper integrity due to either a failure of the black blade damper or a loss of effective damping action by the white blade damper. This resulted in uncontrolled excursions of the main rotor blades in their lead/lag axis, an overload detachment of the yellow main rotor blade pitch change control rod and destruction of the structural integrity of the aircraft by blade strikes. The precise reason for either of the possibilities for the loss of damper integrity is undetermined.

Accident Location: Paramount , CA    
Accident Date: 5/22/1968
Accident ID: AAR7001

Date Adopted: 12/18/1969
NTSB Number: AAR-70-01
NTIS Number: PB-189143

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