NTSB Identification: LAX82DA039
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 06, 1982 in MAMMOTH LAKES, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/06/1983
Aircraft: AEROSPATIALE SA-316B, registration: N608RA
Injuries: 6 Uninjured.

THE PILOT STARTED TO AIR TAXI THE HELICOPTER OUT OF A HANGAR. THERE WAS SNOW IN FRONT OF THE HANGAR THAT HAD BEEN ONLY PARTIALLY CLEARED AWAY. AS THE PILOT WAS EXITING THE HANGAR, HE RAISED THE AIRCRAFT TO GO OVER THE SNOW, THE TAIL ROTOR STRUCK THE HANGAR DOOR, AND A HARD LANDING FOLLOWED.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..BUILDING(NONRESIDENTIAL)

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