NTSB Identification: LAX86FA106.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33236.
Accident occurred Monday, February 03, 1986 in YOUNG, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N3193T
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

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 PLT & HIS DAUGHTER PLANNED TO FLY TO THEIR RANCH FOR THE PURPOSE OF HIRING A MANAGER. UPON ARRIVING AT THEIR DESTINATION GROUND FOG PREVAILED. THE PLT, FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA, ATTEMPTED TO FIND AN AREA WHERE HE COULD DESCEND BELOW THE FOG. THE FOG WAS AT TREE TOP LEVEL, & WHILE MANEUVERING THE HELICOPTER COLLIDED WITH 50 FEET TALL TREES. THE HELICOPTER FELL VERTICALLY ONTO ITS ROOF & ROLLED OVER KILLING THE PLT.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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