NTSB Identification: NYC82FA230
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 22, 1982 in NEW YORK, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/1983
Aircraft: BELL 222, registration: N2772H
Injuries: 1 Fatal,6 Uninjured.

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 HELICOPTER (HEL) WAS BEING LOADED WITH THE ENGINES RUNNING. THE FLT CREW WERE AT THE CTLS WHEN THE ACDNT OCCURRED. INITIALLY, 4 PAXS WERE ESCORTED TO THE HEL BY A CUSTOMER SVC AGENT. AS THE 4 BOARDED, THE AGENT RETRIEVED THEIR CARRY ON BAGGAGE. AFT THEY HAD BOARDED (ON THE LFT SIDE), THE AGENT LEFT THE DOOR OPEN, ANTICIPATING A 5TH PAX. HE THEN CARRIED THE BAGGAGE AROUND TO THE RGT SIDE & LOADED IT IN THE BAGGAGE COMPARTMENT. AFT LOADING THE BAGGAGE, HE CAME BACK ARND TO THE LFT SIDE & HELPED LOAD THE 5TH PAX THAT A 2ND AGENT HAD ESCORTED, THEN TOOK A PSN BY THE LEFT MAIN GEAR. REPORTEDLY, THE 1ST 4 PAXS WERE STILL ON BOARD WHEN THE 5TH PAX BOARDED. AFT HE WAS SEATED & SECURED, THE 2ND AGENT LEANED FWD TO THE COPLT'S DOOR TO INFORM HIM OF THE ADNL WT. AFTER A BRIEF CONVERSATION WITH THE COPLT, SHE TURNEDBACK TO CLOSE THE PAX DOOR. AT APRX THAT TIME, ANOTHER HEL PLT SAW A PAX (1 OF THE 1ST 4) WALKING TWD THE TAIL & STARTEDTO TRANSMIT A WARNING TO THE PLT. BFR THE CALL WAS COMPLETED, THE PAX WALKED INTO THE TAIL ROTOR.

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

PROPER ASSISTANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PASSENGER

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

MONITORING..INADEQUATE..GROUND PERSONNEL

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