NTSB Identification: DEN85LA053.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26215.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, December 31, 1984 in JACKSON, WY
Aircraft: BELL 206-L3, registration: N3898Y
Injuries: 2 Minor,4 Uninjured.

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

PLT HAD LANDED ON PREPARED AREA (SNOW PACKED DOWN BY HELI SKI GUIDE) TO EMBARK SKI PASSENGERS. ON DEPARTURE PLT LIFTED TO HOVER, TURNED TO DESIRED HDG AND INITIATED FORWARD TRANSITION. AS ACFT PASSED BOUNDRY OF PACKED SNOW, ROTOR WASH PICKED UP SOFT LOOSE SNOW, OBSCURING VISUAL REFERENCES. ACFT HAD NOT ACHIEVED TRANSLATIONAL LIFT AND ENGINE WAS AT MAX TORQUE OUTPUT, NEGATING CLIMB. PLT ATTEMPTED TO 'SET ACFT DOWN' BUT RUN-ON LANDING RESULTED. DUE TO EXCESS FORWARD SPEED AND SOFT SNOW, ACFT NOSED OVER.

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

RUN ON LANDING..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLIMB..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ABORTED TAKEOFF..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED




Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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