NTSB Identification: FTW85FA300.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29655.
Accident occurred Monday, July 29, 1985 in HOUMA, LA
Aircraft: S.N.I.A.S. AS350D ASTAR, registration: N3607C
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 LANDED AT A MICROWAVE ANTENNA TOWER AND DID NOT SHUT DOWN THE ENG OR DEPLANE. AN EMPLOYEE AT THE TOWER RETRIEVEDCARGO FROM THE HELICOPTER (A SMALL BOX OF PARTS) AND WENT BACK INSIDE THE TOWER BUILDING. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE PLT APPARENTLY INITIATED HIS TAKEOFF IN A DIRECTION WHICH WOULD TAKE THE HELICPOTER UNDERNEATH ON OF THE TOWER GUY WIRES. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES CONTACTED AND SEPARATED ONE OF THE GUY WIRES. THE HELICOPTER THEN DESCENDED TO GROUND IMPACT. THE HELICOPTER'S SKIDS WERE ABOUT 30 FT AGL WHEN THE MAIN ROTOR CONTACTED THE WIRE. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT HAD THE PLT COMPLETED THE ACCIDENT FLT HE WOULD HAVE ARRIVED HOME LATER THAN HE INTENDED.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..GUY WIRE


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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