NTSB Identification: NYC86LA099.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33113.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 05, 1986 in SAFE HARBOR, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: SIKORSKY S-76, registration: N221SC
Injuries: 3 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.

THE HELICOPTER WAS MANEUVERING AT LOW ALTITUDE, LOW AIRSPEED, WHILE ON A SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION AT NIGHT, LOOKING FOR A CAPSIZED BOAT, WHEN IT IMPACTED THE WATER.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..COPILOT/SECOND PILOT

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