Why can't I find the incident report I had to file after my death defying landing at John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa Ca. around 1983? They found the clutch with 4 belts to have malfunctioned and grounded all Robinsons in service, until a better configuration was developed.

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    $\begingroup$ Where have you looked? The report is probably not digitized you may have to request a copy from the NTSB. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Sep 4 '17 at 3:32
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, it looks like you'll have to poke the Records Management folks at the NTSB when they get back in on Tuesday :) See if you can get as much detail as you can in the meantime -- the incident report form is also called a 6120.1 if that helps. $\endgroup$ – UnrecognizedFallingObject Sep 4 '17 at 11:17
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, Yes I Have looked through NTSB , also through some FAA links.. $\endgroup$ – FlyingScotsman Sep 4 '17 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ Not the incident you refer to, but an interesting review of more recent R22 clutch belt failures is found in this Australian report $\endgroup$ – DeltaLima Nov 28 '17 at 22:22

I don't think your "death-defying experience" was classified as an incident or accident. Checking the list of occurrences the NTSB classifies as an incident does not show that what happened to you needs to be reported as one. Mechanical failures of all kinds happen on aircraft all the time. Very few of them are required to be reported to the NTSB.

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    $\begingroup$ Well they grounded all Robinsons Worldwide and went from the 4 belt setup to 1. In my case 3 had broken and wrapped around the main shaft of the rotor, and the clutch was still stretching the last 1. So honestly I don't know how it was reported. Death defying probably not.tons of smoke ,yes,. Just happy to be here. $\endgroup$ – FlyingScotsman Oct 1 '17 at 2:33
  • $\begingroup$ Mechanical issue, likely reported to the FAA and to the manufacturer, but not to the NTSB. Good outcome. :) $\endgroup$ – Juan Jimenez Oct 1 '17 at 10:19
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. Mostly luck the ground was there at the right time. Frank Robinson came out to view it himself, and I may have pictures somewhere. $\endgroup$ – FlyingScotsman Oct 1 '17 at 19:49

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