NTSB Identification: FTW00LA252.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 07, 2000 in EUGENE IS 296B
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/02/2001
Aircraft: Bell 206-L1, registration: N27680
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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After about 2 hours and 54 minutes of flight, the helicopter had a loss of engine power while on final approach to an offshore oil platform. The pilot initiated an autorotation and subsequently landed hard on rough/choppy ocean water. Fuel consumption calculations, provided by the operator, showed that the helicopter could have been at or near fuel exhaustion at the time of the accident. The helicopter sank to the bottom of the ocean, thus precluding available fuel verification and examination of aircraft systems. Therefore, the reason for the loss of power could not be determined conclusively.

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

The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for a forced landing.

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