NTSB Identification: DEN84FA038.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23312.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 03, 1983 in FT. MORGAN, CO
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N1078V
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor,1 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.

THE HELICOPTER WAS OWNED & OPERATED BY A TV STATION & WAS BEING USED FOR TRANSPORTATION TO A NEWS EVENT. WHILE EN ROUTE, CLOUDS & REDUCED VISIBILITY DUE TO FOG WERE ENCOUNTERED. THE PLT ELECTED TO LAND IN A FIELD COVERED WITH POWDERED SNOW. DURING THE LANDING, THE POWDERED SNOW WAS BLOWN WHICH RESULTED IN A WHITE-OUT CONDITION. THE PLT TRIED TO MAKE A NORMAL TOUCHDOWN, BUT THE HELICOPTER ROLLED OVER & THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES HIT THE GROUND. AN EXAM OF THE CRASH SITE REVEALED THAT THE RIGHT SKID TOUCHED DOWN 1ST & DUG INTO THE GROUND ABOUT 4 TO 6 INCHES WHILE TRAVELING IN A LATERAL DIRECTION. THE HELICOPTER CAME TO REST ABOUT 40 FT FROM THE 1ST GROUND SCAR.

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

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

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

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


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..WHITEOUT

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