NTSB Identification: FTW00RA039
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 01, 1999 in CABINDA, Angola
Aircraft: Bell 206-L1, registration: N5005B
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On December 1, 1999, at approximately 1700 GMT, a Bell 206L-1 helicopter, N5005B, was substantially damaged upon impact with the water following a loss of engine power during takeoff from an offshore oil exploration platform near Cabinda, Republic of Angola. The instrument rated commercial pilot and one of his passengers were seriously injured. Another passenger was fatally injured. The single engine helicopter was owned and operated by Petroleum Helicopters Inc., (PHI) of Lafayette, Louisiana. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the on-demand air taxi flight for which a company flight plan was filed. The flight's destination was the oil company's base at Cabinda, approximately 28 miles to the east of the platform. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The 18,200-hour pilot reported to the operator that during initial takeoff from the platform, he heard a loud bang coming from the area of the engine. Subsequently, the helicopter descended rapidly to the ocean, landed hard, rolled over, and sank. The surviving passenger confirmed the pilot's description of the event. The emergency float system for the helicopter was not activated. The helicopter was located with the aid of a side scan radar system within 8 hours of the accident.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Government of the Republic of Angola. Any further information may be obtained from:

Direccao Nacional de Aviacao Civil Rua Miguel de Melo No. 96, 6e Andar Caixa Postal 569 Luanda, Angola Telephone (244)233-8596

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained for the Government of the Republic of Angola.

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