NTSB Identification: FTW84LA105.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23463.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 28, 1983 in VERMILLION 255B
Aircraft: BELL 206B III, registration: N2145C
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 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.

WHILE WAITING FOR PASSENGERS TO BOARD THE HELICOPTER THE PLT HEARD AND FELT SOMETHING HIT THE TAIL ROTOR. THE ENG WAS IMMEDIATELY SHUT DOWN AND IT WAS REVEALED THAT A PASSENGER HAD WALKED INTO THE TAIL ROTOR. THE PASSENGER WAS WAS WELL EXPERIENCED IN HELICOPTER OPERATION AT THE SITE AND HAD NOT FOLLOWED ESTABLISHED WALKWAYS TO THE ACFT.

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PASSENGER

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