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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : lla|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 100|
agl bound upper : 100
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Iroquois Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 2000
flight time type : 300
|Anomaly||conflict : airborne less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Navigational Facility|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I fly helicopters for a 135 operator in the gulf of mexico. My primary mission is offshore support to the oil field operators. I was on approach to a small satellite platform, I was trying to maneuver the helicopter around a crane for landing. I decided I did not like the landing area clearance and initiated a go around. On the go around the tail rotor of the helicopter nicked the boom of an extended crane. The helicopter had forward momentum and was flying. I felt no serious control problems and landed straight ahead at another much larger helipad close in front of me without further incident. I then shut the aircraft down and made an inspection then called my lead pilot and notified the company. There were no passenger on board the aircraft at the time of the incident. There were no injuries, but there was minimal damage to the aircraft, and no damage to the crane. We have had many safety meetings and discussions about this incident and how to avoid a recurrence. Contributing factors to this incident include: wind direction and position of crane relative to landing area, pilot's decision to continue approach to low and not initiate the go around sooner.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MANEUVERING HELI, BELL 206LI, APCHING AN OIL PLATFORM FOR LNDG, RPTR WAS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH PROX OF A CRANE AND INITIATED A GAR. DURING GAR TAIL ROTOR CAME IN CONTACT WITH THE CRANE. RPTR WAS ABLE TO MAINTAIN CTL AND LANDED STRAIGHT AHEAD ON ANOTHER PLATFORM.
Narrative: I FLY HELIS FOR A 135 OPERATOR IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. MY PRIMARY MISSION IS OFFSHORE SUPPORT TO THE OIL FIELD OPERATORS. I WAS ON APCH TO A SMALL SATELLITE PLATFORM, I WAS TRYING TO MANEUVER THE HELI AROUND A CRANE FOR LNDG. I DECIDED I DID NOT LIKE THE LNDG AREA CLRNC AND INITIATED A GAR. ON THE GAR THE TAIL ROTOR OF THE HELI NICKED THE BOOM OF AN EXTENDED CRANE. THE HELI HAD FORWARD MOMENTUM AND WAS FLYING. I FELT NO SERIOUS CTL PROBS AND LANDED STRAIGHT AHEAD AT ANOTHER MUCH LARGER HELIPAD CLOSE IN FRONT OF ME WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. I THEN SHUT THE ACFT DOWN AND MADE AN INSPECTION THEN CALLED MY LEAD PLT AND NOTIFIED THE COMPANY. THERE WERE NO PAX ON BOARD THE ACFT AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT. THERE WERE NO INJURIES, BUT THERE WAS MINIMAL DAMAGE TO THE ACFT, AND NO DAMAGE TO THE CRANE. WE HAVE HAD MANY SAFETY MEETINGS AND DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THIS INCIDENT AND HOW TO AVOID A RECURRENCE. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO THIS INCIDENT INCLUDE: WIND DIRECTION AND POS OF CRANE RELATIVE TO LNDG AREA, PLT'S DECISION TO CONTINUE APCH TO LOW AND NOT INITIATE THE GAR SOONER.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.