NTSB Identification: FTW92LA070.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45932.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, February 15, 1992 in SOUTH PELTO #1
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/11/1993
Aircraft: BELL 206L-3, registration: N3120X
Injuries: 2 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.
THE INSTRUMENT RATED COMMERCIAL PILOT ENCOUNTERED A FOG BANK WHILE IN CRUISE FLIGHT AT 500 FEET. WITHIN SECONDS AFTER ENTERING THE CLOUDS, AND TURNING LEFT IN AN ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO VMC, THE PILOT EXPERIENCED SPATIAL DISORIENTATION. THE HELICOPTER IMPACTED THE WATER ABOUT ONE MINUTE LATER. THE PILOT AND HIS PASSENGER WERE RESCUED AFTER FLOATING IN THE WATER FOR THREE AND ONE HALF HOURS. THE PILOT DID NOT OBTAIN A WEATHER BRIEFING PRIOR TO THE FLIGHT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S INABILITY TO CONTROL THE HELICOPTER DUE TO SPATIAL DISORIENTATION. FACTORS WERE THE FOG AND THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO RECEIVE A WEATHER BRIEFING PRIOR TO THE FLIGHT.
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