NTSB Identification: CHI86LA044.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29878.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 07, 1985 in KALAMAZOO, MI
Aircraft: BELL 47G, registration: N7763
Injuries: 2 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.

UPON THE APPROACH TO HOVER FOR LANDING ON A SNOW COVERED AIRSTRIP, DRY SNOW BLEW UP AND OBSCURED THE PILOT'S VISUAL REFERENCES. ONE SKID TOUCHED DOWN AS THE HELICOPTER WAS MOVING LATERALLY CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO ROLL OVER ON ITS SIDE.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..WHITEOUT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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