NTSB Identification: ATL82FA144
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 27, 1982 in OAKWOOD, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1983
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N9986K
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

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 PLT WAS FLYING RAILROAD OFFICIALS TO INSPECT RAIL LINES THAT HAD BEEN COVERED BY MUD SLIDES CAUSED BY RECENT HEAVY RAINS. A WITNESS HEARD THE HELICOPTER COMING UP THE VALLEY & THEN HEARD TWO POPPING SOUNDS. HE SAW THE HELICOPTER FALLING TO THE GROUND NEAR SOME POWER LINES STRUNG ACROSS THE VALLEY OVER THE RAILROAD TRACKS. THE POWER LINE ASSEMBLY CONSISTED OF TWO STATIC LINES AT THE TOP & THREE POWER LINES AT THE BOTTOM. THE UPPERMOST STATIC LINE WAS SEPARATED & LYING ON THE LOWER STATIC LINE. THE LINES ARE APPROXIMATELY 300 FT AGL & WERE UNMARKED. THE PLT WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE OPERATING AREA & PURPORTEDLY AWARE OF THE LOCATION OF THE POWER LINES.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,STATIC

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