NTSB Identification: LAX85LA407.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29208.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 17, 1985 in PACIFIC OCEAN
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N2160L
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF PWR WITHIN 10 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF FROM A FISHING VESSEL. THE HELICOPTER WAS DITCHED IN THE OCEAN AT COORDINATES 11.25'N AND 103.37'W. EXAMINATION OF FUEL SAMPLES FROM THE FISHING VESSEL REVEALED BOTH UPPER AND LOWER FUEL FILTERS WERE HEAVILY CONTAMINATED WITH WATER AND OTHER FOREIGN MATERIAL. ROUGH SEAS WERE REPORTED FOR THE PREVIOUS THREE DAYS.

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

REFUELING..INATTENTIVE

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