NTSB Identification: FTW84LA118.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23934.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 24, 1984 in VENICE, LA
Aircraft: BELL 206L-1, registration: N5745M
Injuries: 6 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.

ABOUT 10 MIN AFTER DEPARTING AN OFFSHORE PLATFORM, THE PLT ENCOUNTERED AN AREA OF FOG. HE DESCENDED TO APRX 200 FT, SLOWED TO 40 KTS & STARTED TURNING BACK. AS HE WAS TURNING, HE WAS LOOKING TO THE RIGHT TO LOCATE A PETROLEUM PRODUCTION FACILITY TO USE AS A REFERENCE POINT WHEN THE HELICOPTER STRUCK THE WATER & CRASHED. NO SERIOUS INJURIES OCCURRED, BUT RESCUE WAS DELAYED ABOUT 5 HRS DUE TO DETERIORATING WX.

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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