NTSB Identification: FTW85FA287.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30377.
Accident occurred Monday, July 15, 1985 in SAGINAW, TX
Aircraft: Bell 206L-1, registration: N32GT
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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 HAD LANDED IN THE ROAD TO PICK UP AN INJURED AUTO ACCIDENT PATIENT. THE PLT MADE AN AERIAL CHECK PRIOR TO LANDING TO THE WEST IN A CALM WIND CONDITION. THE PATIENT WAS LOADED IN A SECURE STRETCHER AND ALL WAS READY FOR LIFTOFF. THE PLT STATED HE DID NOT OBSERVE THE TELEPHONE LINES ACROSS THE ROAD. THE HELICOPTER CONTACTED THE LINES ON THE ENGINE NACELLE COWLING WITH THE WIRES CONTINUING UP THE ROTOR MAST CAUSING THE PITCH CHANGE LINKS TO SEPARATE CAUSING LOSS OF HELICOPTER CONTROL AND RESULTING IN SURFACE IMPACT WITH THE ROAD.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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