NTSB Identification: ATL84FA297.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26980.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 25, 1984 in KERNERSVILLE, NC
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N7CF
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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.

WHILE DISMANTLING A WATER TOWER, AN IRON WORKER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED & PINNED AS HE WAS REMOVING A PORTION OF A WATER TOWER LEG (APRX 92 FT AGL). THE HELICOPTER PLT RESPONDED TO THE EMERGENCY. THE ACFT WAS EQUIPPED WITH A MAKE-SHIFT SLING LINE TO RETRIEVE THE INJURED IRON WORKER. THE IRON WORKER DIED, BUT THE HELICOPTER PLT VOLUNTEERED TO CONTINUE WITH THE MISSION. THE PLT WAS NOT FAMILIAR WITH THIS TYPE OF OPERATION, BUT A PARAMEDIC WAS ON BOARD TO ASSIST. THE PARAMEDIC WAS NOT FAMILIAR WITH HELICOPTER OPERATIONS. SVRL QUARTZ HALOGEN LGTS WERE USED TO ILLUMINATE THE 4 WATER TOWER LEGS. AT THE PLT'S REQUEST, ALL BUT 1 WERE TURNED OFF TO KEEP FROM BLINDING THE PLT AS HE HOVERED OVER THE STRUCTURE AT NGT. THERE WAS NO DIRECT RADIO COMM BETWEEN THE PLT & GROUND PSNL, BUT THE PARAMEDIC WAS IN CONTACT WITH GROUND PSNL. WHILE HOVERING, THE HELICOPTER MOVED SLOWLY BACK TOWARD A LEG OF THE STRUCTURE. GROUND PSNL TRIED TO WARN THE PLT, BUT THE HELICOPTER HIT A WATER TOWER LEG, THEN CRASHED & BURNED.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


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UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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CREW/GROUP COORDINATION..INADEQUATE


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AIR/GROUND COMMUNICATIONS..INADEQUATE


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PROPER ASSISTANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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OBJECT..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


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SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


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LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..OTHER CREWMEMBER


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OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


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VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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