Accident Sikorsky S-76A N579EH, 23 Mar 2004
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Time:00:01 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic S76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Sikorsky S-76A
Owner/operator:Era Aviation Inc.
Registration: N579EH
MSN: 760274
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:70nm SW, Galveston, TX, Gulf of Mexico (GOM) -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Galveston, TX (GLS)
Destination airport:Drillship Discovery Spirit, GOM
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On March 23, 2004, about 1918:34 central standard time, an Era Aviation Sikorsky S-76A helicopter, N579EH, crashed into the Gulf of Mexico about 70 nautical miles south-southeast of Scholes International Airport (GLS), Galveston, Texas. The helicopter was transporting eight oil service personnel to the Transocean, Inc., drilling ship Discoverer Spirit, which was en route to a location about 180 miles south-southeast of GLS. The captain, copilot, and eight passengers aboard the helicopter were killed, and the helicopter was destroyed by impact forces. The flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on a visual flight rules flight plan. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause: the flight crew's failure to identify and arrest the helicopter's descent for undetermined reasons, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain.


The Safety Board's full report is available at The Aircraft Accident Report number is NTSB/AAR-06/02

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-06-19 issued 24 March 2006 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-06-20 issued 24 March 2006 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-06-21 issued 24 March 2006 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-06-22 issued 24 March 2006 by NTSB to FAA

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
12-Jun-2010 11:53 TB Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]
19-Mar-2016 13:16 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
24-Jun-2017 17:48 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
07-Dec-2017 17:50 ASN Update Bot Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Dec-2018 22:45 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Mar-2021 11:47 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Nature, Source]

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