NTSB Identification: LAX92LA262.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46621.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 21, 1992 in PAGO PAGO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1993
Aircraft: BELL 47-G5A, registration: N211CB
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 HELICOPTER WAS OPERATED FROM A HELIPAD ON THE FISHING VESSEL M/V KALI FOR FISH SPOTTING MISSIONS. THE SHIP WAS IN THE TERRITORIAL WATERS NEAR PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA AND THE TIME LISTED ABOVE FOR THE ACCIDENT IS LOCAL SHIP TIME. DURING THE ATTEMPTED TAKEOFF THE HELICOPTER ROLLED OVER ON ITS LEFT SIDE; HOWEVER, IT REMAINED ON THE SHIP DURING THE ENTIRE SEQUENCE. SHIP CREWMEN WHO WITNESSED THE ACCIDENT REPORTED THAT THE LEFT REAR SKID WAS STILL TIED DOWN TO THE HELIPAD PLATFORM WHEN THE HELICOPTER ATTEMPTED TO TAKEOFF. THE SHIP SUSTAINED DAMAGE TO THE DECK AND BULWARK PLATES.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT INSPECTION IN FAILING TO ENSURE THAT ALL SKID TIEDOWNS WERE REMOVED PRIOR TO THE ATTEMPTED TAKEOFF.

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