NTSB Identification: CHI03FA056.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, January 16, 2003 in B.S. 53, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/2004
Aircraft: Bell 206L-1, registration: N3194P
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 Serious.

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 on-demand offshore helicopter flight impacted an oil platform during landing. The pilot stated that he was performing a standard pinnacle approach to the helipad. The approach was described as normal until the helicopter crossed over the edge of the platform, at which point the helicopter suddenly descended below the approach path. He reported that an increase of power beyond 100% torque was ineffective in arresting descent rate. The platform was equipped with a windsock located to southeast side of the landing pad. The height of the windsock was such that it intersected the approximate plane formed by the helideck. The windsock was tattered and according to the pilot's report, "the end of the windsock was wrapped around the pole." Disassembly of the engine revealed no anomalies.

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

The improper approach by the pilot and the settling with power encountered by the pilot.

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