NTSB Identification: DEN83LA022
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Saturday, November 20, 1982 in NEAR KALISPELL, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/20/1983
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N5011G
Injuries: 4 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.

ACFT DEPARTED HOSPITAL AT MISSOULA IN GOOD WX TO ASSIST HIGHWAY ACCIDENT VICTIM 5 MI EAST OF CLINTON. VICTIM WAS PLACED ABOARD HELICOPTER ON STRETCHER FOR EMERGENCY FLIGHT TO HOSPITAL. ABOUT 5-6 MI EAST OF MISSOULA PLT NOTICED LIGHT SNOW FALLING & OBSERVED A LARGE STORM CELL BETWEEN HIS POSITION & MISSOULA, & EXECUTED AN IMMEDIATE RIGHT TURN AWAY FROM THE STORM. DURING A SECOND TURN TO ASSESS THE WX SITUATION & AS THE ACFT'S TAIL WAS TO THE CELL, THE ACFT SETTLED WITH POWER FROM ABOUT 400 FT AGL.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND

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

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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