NTSB Identification: ANC84FA008.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22947.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Sunday, October 16, 1983 in PAXSON, AK
Aircraft: BELL B-206B, registration: N215AL
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 Uninjured.

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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, HE TOOK OFF UPSLOPE INTO THE WIND IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION. IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKING OFF, HE MADE A RIGHT TURN TO A X-WIND, & SECONDS LATER, HE MADE A FURTHER TURN THE RIGHT (DOWNWIND). VISIBILITY TOWARD THE EAST WAS ABOUT 1/4 MI, BUT TO THE WEST, THE VISIBILITY WAS GOOD. THERE WAS ONLY 1 VISUAL POINT ON THE HORIZON. THE PLT STATED HE BEGAN A CLIMB FOR VISUAL REFERENCE ON THE HORIZON, THEN NOTICED THE HELICOPTER WAS SETTLING. THE ENG OUT/LOW RPM AUDIO WARNING & LIGHT ACTIVATED JUST BEFORE THE HELICOPTER IMPACTED SNOW COVERED TERRAIN IN A LEVEL ATTITUDE WHILE MOVING FORWARD. A SKID DUG IN & THE HELICOPTER WENT OVER ON ITS TOP. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE HELICOPTER WAS COVERED WITH SNOW & WAS NOT RECOVERED; THEREFORE, THE CAUSE OF THE APPARENT POWER LOSS WAS NOT DETERMINED. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 6800 FT.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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