NTSB Identification: FTW80FA093
14 CFR Part 135 Nonscheduled operation of AIRWEST OFFSHO
Aircraft: BELL 205A-1, registration: N6207N

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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3-3263  80/7/18  NR.ARCOLA,TX          BELL 205A-1         CR-  1  0  0  COMMERCIAL                AIRLINE TRANSPORT, AGE
        TIME - 1520                    N6207N              PX-  0  0  0  AIR TAXI-PASSG            34, 3940 TOTAL HOURS, 500
                                       DAMAGE-DESTROYED    OT-  0  0  0                            IN TYPE, INSTRUMENT
                                                                                                   RATED.
        NAME OF AIRPORT - ARCOLA-HOUSTON
        DEPARTURE POINT             INTENDED DESTINATION         LAST ENROUTE STOP
          HOUSTON,TX                 ARCOLA,TX                     GLS 104 OFFSHORE RIG
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           AIRFRAME FAILURE: IN FLIGHT                              IN FLIGHT: DESCENDING
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           AIRFRAME - LANDING GEAR: SKID ASSEMBLY
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - FATIGUE FRACTURE
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - LATERAL IMBALANCE
        FACTOR(S)
           ROTORCRAFT - ROTOR ASSEMBLIES: MAIN ROTOR BLADES
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - OVERLOAD FAILURE
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - SEPARATION IN FLIGHT
         FIRE AFTER IMPACT
        REMARKS- FIXED FLOAT LNDG GR. FWD X-TUBE FAILED DUE TO FATIGUE. MAST BUMPING OCCURRED.

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