NTSB Identification: FTW83LA132.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21810.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 01, 1983 in SHIPSHOAL 295
Aircraft: BELL 206L-1, registration: N1076S
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor,1 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.

REPORTEDLY, THE WINDS WERE VARIABLE A 2 TO 4 KTS AS THE PLT BEGAN HIS APPROACH TO AN OFF-SHORE OIL RIG. HE STATED THAT HE CHOSE TO TERMINATE THE LANDING FROM A 4 FT HOVER. AT APRX 15 FT ABOVE & 5 FT SHORT OF THE HELIPAD, THE HELICOPTER BEGAN TO DROP AT AN ACCELERATED RATE. THE PLT STATED THAT HE APPLIED COLLECTIVE, BUT THE ACFT FELL THROUGH & HE WAS UNABLE TO SLOW THE FALL. THE HELICOPTER IMPACTED INITIALLY ON THE FLAT SAFETY NET SHORT OF THE HELIPAD. IT THEN TURNED 180 DEG & BOUNCED ONTO THE HELIPAD. NO PREIMPACT MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THE ENGINE WAS FOUND DURING A TEARDOWN. REPORTEDLY, THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHEN THE HELICOPTER CONTINUED TO SETTLE WITH POWER.

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..AIRPORT FACILITY


Contributing Factors

PROPER DESCENT RATE..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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