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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30753
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II
Owner/operator:North Slope Borough
Registration: N785SR
MSN: 45526
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:about 4 miles south of Barrow, Alaska. -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:BRW
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that the public use helicopter was being utilized to search for a missing person. He said that shortly after initiating the search, he was able to locate the missing person on a frozen lake. He indicated that as he approached the lake for landing, he became disoriented due to whiteout conditions. The helicopter struck the frozen lake, and rolled onto its right side. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, tail boom, and drive train components. The closest official weather observation station is Barrow, located about 4 nautical miles north of the accident site. On February 24, at 1753, an Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR) was reporting in part: wind, 070 degrees at 13 knots; visibility, 3 miles with light snow; clouds, 2,400 feet scattered, 3,800 feet broken, 10,000 feet overcast; temperature, minus 7 degrees F; dew point, minus 13 degrees F; altimeter, 29.81 inHg. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the helicopter.
Probable Cause: The pilot's misjudged flare while landing. Factors associated with the accident were whiteout conditions, and the snow-covered terrain.


FAA register: NTSB:
FAA register: NTSB:
FAA register: 2.

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-Apr-2015 20:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Apr-2015 20:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase]
25-Nov-2017 17:50 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
25-Nov-2017 21:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source]
25-Nov-2017 21:06 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source]

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