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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43445
Last updated: 29 May 2017
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Date:19-JUN-1984
Time:02:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350D
Owner/operator:Schiff Enterprises
Registration: N5784M
C/n / msn: 1366
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Island Beach, Barnegat Peninsula, Ocean County, New Jersey -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ (AIY/KAIY)
Destination airport:Garden City, New York (GCK/KGCK)
Investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
Narrative:
THE ON-DEMAND AIR TAXI FLIGHT DEPARTED FOR GARDEN CITY WITH ONE PASSENGER. THE REPORTED WEATHER AT THE APPROXIMATE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT INDICATED LOW CLOUDS, THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY, INCLUDING RAIN AND LIGHTING. ONE WITNESS STATED THAT HE OBSERVED THE HELICOPTER FLYING AT AN ALTITUDE OF APPROXIMATE 60 TO 80 FEET ABOVE THE WATER. THE HELICOPTER WRECKAGE WAS FOUND THE NEXT DAY ON THE BEACH. THE FLIGHT HAD DELAYED ITS DEPARTURE FROM BADER AFTER A LATE SPECIAL FLT TO ACCOMMODATE ITS PASSENGER. AT THE REQUEST OF THE PASSENGER, THE CREW DELAYED THEIR FINAL DEPARTURE OF THE FLIGHT. LATER IN THE TERMINAL THIS DECISION WAS CHANGED AFTER THE CREW CHECKED THE WEATHER. THE CREW PREVAILED UPON THE PASSENGER TO ALLOW AN IMMEDIATE DEPARTURE DUE TO DETERIORATING WEATHER. SHORTLY AFTER THEIR DEPARTURE A PHONE CALL FROM RACO WAS RECEIVED BY THE BADER DISPATCHER INQUIRING ABOUT THE FLIGHT AND ADVISING THEM TO CANCEL DEPARTURE BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER. THIS CALL REPORTEDLY CAME IN BETWEEN 0200-0230. WITNESS STATEMENTS VARY ON TIMES CONCERNING THE FLIGHT.

Note: The NTSB report quotes the registration number of this aircraft as N5784M. However, it was re-registered on June 13 1984 - three days before it crashed - as N707BH (see link #2)

Sources:

1. NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001214X40084&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=707BH
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=11578
4. http://coptercrazy.brinkster.net/search/se350show.asp?start=351&count=50
5. http://www.planecrashinfo.com/1984/1984-28.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
27-Jun-2014 19:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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