NTSB Identification: CHI88FA079.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36038.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, March 17, 1988 in TAYLORVILLE, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1989
Aircraft: BELL 206L-1, registration: N5759H
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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.

THE HELICOPTER EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF CONTROL WHILE IN SLOW FLIGHT OUT OF GROUND EFFECT. THE HELICOPTER IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A BLACK PLOWED FIELD DURING A PERIOD OF LOW VISIBILITY DUE TO SNOW. THE OCCURRENCE HAPPENED IN A REMOTE AREA WITH FEW GROUND REFERENCE LIGHTS.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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