NTSB Identification: FTW82FRA15
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 01, 1982 in HITCHCOCK, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/01/1983
Aircraft: AEROSPATIALE SA-360C, registration: N213EH
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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.

DURING A RETURN FLIGHT FROM AN OFFSHORE PLATFORM, THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED STRONG HEADWINDS AND ELECTED TO LAND AT LAKE JACKSON, TEXAS FOR FUEL. HE LACKED A PROPER MODE OF PAYMENT; THEREFORE, HE WAS UNABLE TO PURCHASE FUEL. HE DEPARTED FOR GALVESTON, TEXAS WITH 100 KG OF FUEL REMAINING. WHILE EN ROUTE, HE LANDED NEAR HITCHCOCK, TEXAS WITH A LOW FUEL STATE. THE PILOT LEARNED OF FUEL FACILITIES ABOUT 1 1/2 MILES AWAY AND DEPARTED WITHOUT PASSENGERS WITH ABOUT 25 KG OF FUEL ON BOARD. WHILE EN ROUTE, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND THE HELICOPTER STRUCK POWERLINES DURING A FORCED LANDING AT NIGHT.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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