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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22716
Last updated: 18 April 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B2 Astar
Owner/operator:Bulldog Airlines Inc
Registration: N901BA
C/n / msn: 2452
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Caryville, Washington County, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Tallahassee, FL (TLH/KTLH)
Destination airport:Bob Sikes Airport, Crestview, FL (CEW/KCEW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On July 6, 1994, about 09:29 central daylight time (CDT), an Aerospatiale AS350, N901BA, registered to Bulldog Airlines Inc., leased to the United States Department of Interior for use by the United States Forest Service, Region Eight, on a public-use ferry flight, encountered inadvertent instrument conditions, and crashed in the water in a borrow pit in the vicinity of Caryville, Florida. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The airline transport pilot was not injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Tallahassee, Florida, about 47 minutes before the accident.

The pilot stated he obtained a weather briefing from the FAA flight service station. He was informed the Alberto depression had stalled out, no advisory of "VFR flight not recommended" was given, but it was obvious instrument meteorological conditions prevailed. He departed Tallahassee, Florida, in marginal VFR flight conditions flying westbound over Interstate 10. The ceiling was ragged estimated between 500 to 600 feet, visibility between 3/4 to 1 1/2 miles with light rain. He observed towers about 3/4 of a mile in front of his flight path. He reduced his airspeed, turned to the right to go around the towers, encountered heavy rain, and visibility dropped to about 1/2 to 1/4 mile.

The turn was continued towards a borrow pit that he had previously over flown when he encountered instrument flight conditions. He started a descent to 200 feet agl, regained visual conditions, saw the borrow pit and continued his descent with a fast closure rate. He made a deceleration described similar to a quick stop. The tail rotor collided with the water, the helicopter pitched forward, the main rotor blade collided with the water, and the helicopter rolled over on its right side. He exited the helicopter through the passenger door and swam to shore.

The pilot concluded his judgement and situational response was impaired from fatigue due to lack of sleep. He further stated he should have waited for the weather to clear or should have flown further south along the shore


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Revision history:

07-Sep-2008 12:16 Vaclav Kudela Added
24-Jun-2014 17:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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