NTSB Identification: ATL85LA017.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26878.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, October 20, 1984 in PASCAGOULA, MS
Aircraft: BELL 222, registration: N38929
Injuries: 4 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.

THE ACFT SUSTAINED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE WHILE TAKING OFF FROM A BARGE DURING A FAR 135 MEDEVAC FLT. INVESTIGATION REVEALEDTHAT THE BARGE WAS PITCHING DUE TO ROUGH SEAS. AS THE ACFT LIFTED, THE REAR OF THE ACFT WAS STRUCK BY THE LANDING PLATFORM AS IT PITCHED FORWARD VIOLENTLY. THE MAIN ROTOR THAN STRUCK THE TAILBOOM.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VERTICAL TAKEOFF..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..RISING



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND

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