NTSB Identification: ANC84FA017.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23319.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 13, 1983 in NUIQSUT, AK
Aircraft: BELL 212, registration: N3910Y
Injuries: 2 Serious,2 Minor.

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 SEARCH & RESCUE FLT HAD BEEN DISPATCHED FROM BARROW TO AN ACFT ACCIDENT SITE ADJACENT TO THE NUIQSUT ARPT. ACCORDINGTO THE PLT, UPON ARRIVING AT NUIQSUT AT 300 FT AGL THE VISIBILITY WAS 2-3 MI. THEY LINED UP WITH SNOW MACHINES FOR A VISUAL APCH TO THE SITE & THE CO-PLT DISENGAGED THE AUTOPILOT FOR DESCENT. THE PIC CALLED OUT 200, 100 & 50 FT. AT THE 50 FT CALL-OUT THE ACFT IMPACTED TERRAIN & BOTH PLTS PULLED UP ON THE COLLECTIVE. RIGHT AFTER THE PIC SAID 'WE'RE AT 50 FEET' THE ACFT AGAIN STRUCK THE GROUND. THE PIC WAS GIVING ALTITUDE READOUTS FROM THE RADAR ALTIMETER. THE ACFT HAD IMPACTED FIRST ON THE EDGE OF A 50 FT GULLY. THE ACFT HAD APPROACHED OVER THE GULLY. BASED ON OLIKTOK, DEADHORSE & UMIAT WX THE NUIQSUT ARPT WAS ENGULFED IN FOG.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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