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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35186
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Date:12-JAN-1993
Time:20:23
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger
Owner/operator:Helinet Aviation Services Inc
Registration: N3202A
C/n / msn: 962
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:San Francisco Bay, 3 miles SW of Hayward, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Marin County Airport, Novato, California (KDVO)
Destination airport:San Francisco, California (SFO/KSFO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Whilst en route from Novato to Fremont the flight was diverted to San Francisco by the company dispatcher. About five minutes later the pilot made routine contact with the San Francisco Tower. This was the last contact with the flight.

The helicopter flew into the waters of San Francisco Bay some three miles southwest of Hayward, close to the San Mateo Bridge. Both crew were killed. The accident happened at night; broken cloud base 1,500 feet, visibility 4 mils but reducing to 0.25 miles in occasional rain showers. The helicopter was operating a cargo flight. The pilot had obtained a weather briefing that included areas of marginal VFR due to rain and fog, thunderstorms and several airmets and sigmets.

The NTSB determined the probable cause to be: The pilot's continued flight into known adverse weather conditions and continued VFR flight into IMC. Contributing to the accident were dark night light conditions and rain

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: LAX93FA093 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001211X11706&key=1&queryId=17d0aefa-12d1-4df1-ba03-da71dd1852a5&pgno=1&pgsize=50_
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=3202A
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=9438
4. http://haywardairportnoise.org/hay-acc.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
27-Aug-2016 21:43 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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