NTSB Identification: MKC89FA043.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38886.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, December 22, 1988 in CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/16/1990
Aircraft: BELL 206L-1, registration: N119CG
Injuries: 3 Fatal,1 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 WAS DISPATCHED AT NIGHT ON AN EMERG MED SVC (EMS) FLT FM A HOSPITAL AT CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. PURPOSE OF THEFLT WAS TO TRANSPORT A PATIENT FM A HOSPITAL AT MARION, IL, TO CAPE GIRARDEAU. WX AT CAPE GIRARDEAU DETERIORATED AFTER THE ACFT DEPARTED. DRG VFR FLT BACK TO CAPE GIRARDEAU, THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO LND AT THE DESTN HOSPITAL. THE FLT NURSE COMMENTED THEY WOULD HAVE TO 'GET DOWN' AS THE PATIENT WAS GETTING WORSE. THE PLT ELECTED TO TRACK TO THE CAPE GIRARDEAUARPT BY USING THE ILS COURSE TO SEE IF THE ARPT LIGHTING WOULD HELP HIM TO 'LET DOWN.' HE STATED THAT WHILE TRACKING INBND & HOLDING 'ABOUT 300 FEET,' HE NOTICED THE HELICOPTER WAS LEFT OF COURSE. BEFORE THE ACDNT OCCURRED, HE HAD STARTED TO CORRECT BACK TO COURSE, BUT COULDN'T REMEMBER ANYTHING BYD THAT POINT. ALSO, HE RPRTD HE HAD LEFT THE STROBE LIGHT ON & EXPERIENCED FLICKER VERTIGO. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE HELICOPTER STRUCK A POWER LINE & CRASHED ON LVL TERRAIN IN AN OPEN FIELD. THE FLT NURSE, THERAPIST & PATIENT WERE FATALLY INJURED IN THE ACDNT.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

IFR PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION



Contributing Factors

ATC CLEARANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRESSURE INDUCED BY OTHERS

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