NTSB Identification: SEA83FA033
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 18, 1982 in NEAR RANDLE, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/18/1983
Aircraft: BELL 214B, registration: N244PH
Injuries: 2 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 ACFT DEPARTED A PRIVATE HELIPORT & IMPACTED A MOUNTAIN AT THE 3,400 FT LEVEL. THE WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED ABOUT ONE MILE EAST FROM THE HELIPORT. THE IMPACT SITE WAS HIDDEN BEHIND A RIDGE & IS NOT VISIBLE FROM THE HELIPORT OR THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE HELIPORT. THE IMPACT AREA WAS COVERED BY FRESH SNOW. THE STEEP SLOPE, ABOUT 80 DEG, WAS CRISSCROSSED BY FALLEN TIMBER & MANY TREE STUMPS. ALTHOUGH STARS WERE VISIBLE AT THE HELIPORT, FOG WAS OBSERVED IN THE MOUNTAINS.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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