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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30763
Last updated: 25 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III
Owner/operator:Horizon Helicoptrs Inc.
Registration: N907CA
MSN: 4130
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sabine Pass, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Angleton, TX (LBX)
Destination airport:Sabine Pass, TX (NONE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The non-instrument rated helicopter pilot lost control of the helicopter on final approach after inadvertently entering a fog bank at night. The pilot became disoriented, and the helicopter impacted the water near Sabine Pass, Texas. The pilot stated that he called a coworker located in Angleton and was told the 'weather was flyable.' The pilot flew the helicopter from Sabine Pass, Texas, to Angleton, where it underwent 1.5 hours of routine maintenance work. The pilot did not get a weather briefing prior to the return flight to Sabine Pass.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadvertent flight into instrument meteorological conditions and subsequent spatial disorientation. Factors were the dark night conditions, the fog, and the pilot's failure to obtain a weather briefing prior to the flight.


FAA register: 1. FAA:

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-Apr-2015 19:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Apr-2015 16:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
01-May-2016 18:04 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
26-Nov-2017 09:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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