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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 4694
Last updated: 15 June 2021
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Date:23-APR-1976
Time:08:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 205A-1
Owner/operator:Petroleum Helicopters (PHI)
Registration: N8167J
MSN: 30090
Fatalities:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gulf Of Mexico -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Offshore
Departure airport:
Destination airport:West Cameron 266
Narrative:
A Bell 205A-1 PHI-owned helicopter departed from Cameron to a drilling rig owned by Blue Dolphin Corporation in the Gulf of Mexico to fly eleven Blue Dolphin employees to the rig. Approximately 40 miles offshore and 5 to 6 miles from the Blue Dolphin rig, the tail boom separated from the main body of the helicopter in flight, causing it to spin uncontrollably and crash into the Gulf.
The tail boom separated when two of the four longeron fittings that attach the tail to the cabin failed. The evidence establishes that the upper left longeron fitting failed due to corrosion and metal fatigue. The lower left longeron fitting failed immediately afterward, likewise due to corrosion and metal fatigue.

Sources:

NTSB
El Siglo de Torreón 25 April 1976, p4


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
16-Aug-2015 17:30 TB Updated [Operator, Source]
28-Jun-2016 14:12 Anon. Updated [Cn]

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