NTSB Identification: DEN86LA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30675.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 19, 1985 in BOUNTIFUL, UT
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD HILLER FH-1100, registration: N184FH
Injuries: 4 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, HE AND THREE FRIENDS WERE EN ROUTE TO A LOCAL SKI RESORT, WHEN THE HELICOPTER ENCOUNTERED DETERIORATING WX. THE PLT STATED HE ELECTED TO CROSS THE RIDGE AND FLY DOWN A RAVINE TO MAINTAIN VISUAL REFERENCE. THE PLT SAID HE WAS AWARE OF POWER LINES IN THE RAVINE. SO HE INCREASED ALT. UPON GAINING ALT, THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED IMC. THE PLT STATED THAT HE REGAINED VISUAL GROUND REFERNCE PRIOR TO GROUND CONTACT AND USED REMAINING PITCH TO REDUCE THE VERTICAL VELOCITY.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INADVERTENT..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

TERRAIN CONDITION..UPHILL


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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