Accident Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III N1078V,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 42688
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Date:Sunday 3 January 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III
Owner/operator:South Coast Helicopters
Registration: N1078V
MSN: 2923
Year of manufacture:1980
Total airframe hrs:4873 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:James Peak, Powder Mountains, 15 miles SW of Ogden, Utah -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Ogden, Utah
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter was destroyed when it apparently flew into a mountain side at James Peak, Powder Mountains, 15 miles SW of Ogden, Utah, while attempting to land on a ridge line. The pilot was transporting personnel within a remote mountain valley in support of the commercial filming of celebrity skiers. The skiers had been filmed as they skied down a ridge and were being flown back to the top of the ridge line.

During the third go-around following three attempts to land at the ridge top landing site, the helicopter disappeared into a cloud bank and impacted the ridge at the 8,500 feet level. Members of the party on the ground described the area as being 'totally socked in.' The basic weather shown in the environment/operations information section was the 14:45 observation at Ogden. Ogden is 15 miles southwest of the accident site, at an elevation of 4,470 ft. The accident happened at 15:40 hours Local time.

The NTSB determined the probable cause to be: The pilot's continuation of VFR flight into IMC and his decision to continue his landing attempts under the adverse weather conditions. Factors contributing to the accident were the low clouds, fog and mountainous terrain.


1. NTSB Identification: SEA93FA048 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
27-Aug-2016 21:27 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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