NTSB Identification: ATL84FA115.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25186.
Accident occurred Monday, March 05, 1984 in SPARTANBURG, SC
Aircraft: SIKORSKY S-76A, registration: N15479
Injuries: 1 Serious,6 Minor.

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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES DURING A LANDING AT A COMPANY HELIPAD. THE WEATHER WAS IMC WITH LOW CEILINGS AND FOG. THE ACFT HAD BEEN CLEARED FOR A VOR APPROACH MONITORED BY RADAR. THE CO-PLT SPOTTED THE PAD AND CALLED IT OUT TO THE PLT WHO STARTED A STEEP DESCENT. WHILE COMPLETING THE LANDING CHECK THE CO-PLT SENSED A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE OF THE ACFT AND LOOKED OUT. IT APPEARED THE ACFT WAS MOVING BACKWARD AND DOWN. HE YELLED 'WHERE ARE WE GOING?!' THE CAPTAIN ADDED POWER AS THE ACFT ENTERED THE TREES. THE NOSE AND RIGHT GEAR COLLAPSED BUT THE ACFT REMAINED UPRIGHT. THE ROTOR BLADES WERE RUINED BY TREE CONTACT.

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

DESCENT..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..REDUCED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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