NTSB Identification: DEN83FA045.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20880.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 06, 1983 in SULA, MT
Aircraft: BELL 206B III, registration: N55LW
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.
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 HELICOPTER CRASHED TAIL LOW AND ROLLED OVER IN AN OPEN FIELD DURING MARGINAL WEATHER. THE PILOT WAS FLYING ON AN EXPIRED STUDENT CERTIFICATE AND EXPIRED MEDICAL. ACCORDING TO A PILOT WHO HAD WORKED WITH HIM THE PILOT HAD NO HELICOPTER RATING. WITNESSES STATED THE WEATHER CONDITIONS AS POOR VISIBILITY AND SNOWING. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE DID NOT REVEAL ANY SPECIFIC REASON FOR LOW ROTOR RMP JUST PRIOR TO GROUND IMPACT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
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