NTSB Identification: DEN83LA115.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22192.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, May 20, 1983 in MONTROSE, CO
Aircraft: BELL 47G-3B-1, registration: N1129W
Injuries: 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.

WX AT THE DEPARTURE POINT WAS VMC BUT THE SURROUNDING MOUNTANS WERE PARTIALLY OBSCURED. THE PLT STATED THAT HE WAS FOLLOWING A ROAD UP THE MOUNTAIN & LANDED AS THE VISIBILITY DETERIORATED. EACH TIME THE CLOUD LIFTED THE PLT WOULD LIFT-OFF & AGAIN LAND AS THE VISIBILITY DETERIORATED. DURING THE 5TH TRIP UP THE ROAD, VISIBILITY WAS ABOUT 1/2 MI. THE PLT STATED THE 1ST SWITCHBACK WAS '...NOT LANDABLE, BUT THE SECOND ONE APPEARED TO BE.' ABOUT 1/2 WAY TO THE SECOND SWITCHBACK THE CEILING '...PLUMMETED DOWN. THE ROAD CLOSED IN BEHIND ME AND I STARTED LOOSING THE NEXT SWITCHBACK.' OAK BRUSH TREES ON THE HILLSIDE BORE EVIDENCE OF BEING CUT & BROKEN NEXT TO THE WRECKAGE.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD

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