NTSB Identification: FTW99LA026.
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Accident occurred Sunday, November 15, 1998 in MATAGORDA 713
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/16/2001
Aircraft: Bell 206B, registration: N21466
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
During takeoff from an offshore oil platform, the helicopter impacted the platform. After the accident, it was confirmed that the helicopter's front two skid tie down straps were not removed during preflight.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's loss of control due to his failure to untie ground straps. A factor was his inadequate preflight inspection. Full narrative available
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