NTSB Identification: FTW88LA082.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37410.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, March 24, 1988 in OFFSHORE OIL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: SIKORSKY S-76A, registration: N1547N
Injuries: 1 Serious,4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER LANDING ON THE PLATFORM, THE COPILOT MOVED THE POWER LEVERS TO FLIGHT IDLE AND SET THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE TIP PATH PLANE TO THE HEIGHT NORMALLY USED. WHEN AN ENPLANNING PASSENGER CAME UP THE STAIRS ONTO THE PLATFORM, HE WAS STRUCK ON THE HEAD BY THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE. THE OPERATOR REPORTED THAT THE INJURED PASSENGER HAD BEEN REQUIRED TO VIEW A VIDEO TAPE RECORDING THAT SHOWED THE PROPER PROCEDURES TO USE WHEN ENPLANNING OR DEPLANNING. ADDITIONALLY, THEY REPORTED THAT HE HAD BEEN GIVEN SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS TO BEND OVER TO LOWER HIS HEIGHT WHEN UNDER THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES.

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PASSENGER

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PASSENGER

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