NTSB Identification: FTW92FA189.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47156.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Sunday, July 26, 1992 in BLOCK 651A
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1993
Aircraft: BELL 206B3, registration: N2072B
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

A HELICOPTER WAS EXECUTING AN APPROACH TO A PLATFORM IN THE GULF OF MEXICO TO PICK UP TWO PASSENGERS. A NOSE HIGH FLARE WAS OBSERVED BY THE AWAITING PASSENGERS AND THE TAIL ROTOR BLADES STRUCK THE FENCE GUARD AROUND THE HELIDECK. CONTROL WAS LOST AS THE TAIL ROTOR ASSEMBLY AND GEAR BOX SEPARATED FROM THE TAILBOOM. THE HELICOPTER SPUN OFF THE HELIDECK FALLING TO THE OCEAN BELOW.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN THE PROPER GLIDEPATH DURING THE APPROACH WHICH LED TO AN EXCESSIVE NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE DURING THE LANDING FLARE.

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