NTSB Identification: CEN12IA518
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Incident occurred Sunday, August 05, 2012 in San Antonio, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/07/2014
Aircraft: BELL 407, registration: N429PH
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

The helicopter was on a visual descent at night to a hospital helipad when its left skid struck a tower guy wire, which resulted in a portion of the left skid separating from the helicopter. The pilot declared an emergency and diverted to a nearby airport. The operator reported no preincident malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a tower guy wire during the approach to a helipad at night.

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