Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Petroleum Helt Airport

Cameron, Louisiana 70631
Tuesady, November 8, 1983 20:00 CST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
THE HELICOPTER WAS ON INITIAL CLIMB WHEN THE #1 ENGINE FAILED EXPLOSIVLY. A POST EXPLOSION FIRE ENSUED AND BOTH FIRE BOTTLES WERE UTILIZED TO NO AVAIL. DURING LANDING THE GEAR COLLAPSED AND THE ACFT SETTLED ON ITS BELLY. THE CAUSE OF THE ENGINE FAILURE IS UNDETERMINED.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
Not Yet Reported
Event Information
Type of EventIncident 
Event Date11/8/1983 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event2000 
Event Time ZoneCentral Standard Time 
Event CityCAMERON  
Event StateLOUISIANA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site70631  
Event Date Year1983 
Event Date Month11 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportPETROLEUM HELT  
Event Location Nearest Airport ID7R5  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceUnknown 
Time of the weather observation1950 Central Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDLCH  
Elevation of weather observation facility16 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)23 
Time Zone of the weather observationCST 
Lighting ConditionsNight/Dark 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height3500 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)17 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)14 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)40 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) -- 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)5097 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification Date-- 
NTSB Notification Time
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information23392 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 18 2002 11:28AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\GIUV  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN5444X 
NTSB NumberFTW84IA094  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedCompany VFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageMinor 
Aircraft FireIn-flight 
Aircraft ExplosionIn-flight 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameSIKORSKY  
Aircraft ModelS76A  
Aircraft Series IdentifierS76A  
Aircraft Serial Number760174  
Certified Max Gross Weight10000 
Aircraft CategoryHelicopter 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft14 
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAAIP 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection
Airframe Hours2994 
ELT InstalledNo 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NamePETROLEUM HELICOPTERS INC.  
Aircraft Owner Street AddressP.O. BOX 90808  
Aircraft Owner CityLAFAYETTE  
Aircraft Owner StateLA 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateYes - certificate holder 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Ferry 
Second Pilot on BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport Code  
Departure City  
Departure State  
Departure Country  
Departure Time
Departure Time Zone  
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightTakeoff - initial climb 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:31AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location0  
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--