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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36578
Last updated: 27 July 2017
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Date:29-JUL-1985
Time:17:01
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350D Astar
Owner/operator:Petroleum Helicopters Inc
Registration: N3607C
C/n / msn: 1244
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Houma-Terrebonne Airport, 3 miles SE of Houma, Louisiana -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Houma, LA (HUM/KHUM)
Destination airport:Lafayette, LA (LFT/KLFT)
Investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB)
Narrative:
THE PILOT LANDED AT A MICROWAVE ANTENNA TOWER AND DID NOT SHUT DOWN THE ENGINE OR DEPLANE. AN EMPLOYEE AT THE TOWER RETRIEVED CARGO FROM THE HELICOPTER (A SMALL BOX OF PARTS) AND WENT BACK INSIDE THE TOWER BUILDING. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE PILOT APPARENTLY INITIATED HIS TAKEOFF IN A DIRECTION WHICH WOULD TAKE THE HELICOPTER UNDERNEATH ONE OF THE TOWER GUY WIRES. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES CONTACTED AND SEPARATED ONE OF THE GUY WIRES. THE HELICOPTER THEN DESCENDED TO GROUND IMPACT. THE HELICOPTER'S SKIDS WERE ABOUT 30 FT AGL WHEN THE MAIN ROTOR CONTACTED THE WIRE. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT HAD THE PILOT COMPLETED THE ACCIDENT FLIGHT HE WOULD HAVE ARRIVED HOME LATER THAN HE INTENDED.

Sources:

1. NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001214X37125
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=3607C
3. http://www.helis.com/database/cn/27441/
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/la/N3607C/
5. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=11575


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
27-Jun-2014 23:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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