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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39311
Last updated: 25 September 2017
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Date:24-APR-1982
Time:12:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350 Astar
Owner/operator:Bauer Helicopter Inc
Registration: N5768Z
C/n / msn: 1304
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Minor
Category:Accident
Location:Gold Strike, Nevada -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Gold Strike, Nevada
Destination airport:Gold Strike, Nevada
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE HELICOPTER HAD JUST RETURNED FROM A SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF THE GRAND CANYON. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE PASSENGERS WANTED TO GET OUT WHILE THE HELICOPTER WAS UNDERGOING ITS TWO-MINUTE, COOL-DOWN PERIOD. THE PILOT ESCORTED FOUR OF THE PASSENGERS FROM THE HELICOPTER WHILE AN ATTENDANT WAS ASSISTING A FIFTH PASSENGER IN UNLOADING HER POSSESSIONS. A GUST OF WIND REMOVED THE FIFTH PASSENGER'S HAT, AND SHE WAS STRUCK BY THE MOVING TAIL ROTOR AS SHE CHASED THE HAT. THE PASSENGER DIED SHORTLY AFTER SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE OPERATOR HAD 30 TO 40 FLIGHTS A DAY AND THAT THE AIRCRAFT WERE NOT SHUT DOWN BETWEEN FLIGHTS, BUT THAT THE PASSENGERS WERE ESCORTED.

Sources:

1. NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20020917X02228
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=5768Z
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=11593
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/nv/N5768Z/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
26-Jun-2014 20:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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