Date: October 18, 2001
Time: 15:43
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Operator: ERA Aviation - Air Taxi
Flight #: ?
Route: Fire Island, AK - Anchorage, AK
AC Type: Bell 206L
Registration: N400EH
cn / ln: 45108
Aboard: 5   (passengers:4  crew:1)
Fatalities: 3   (passengers:2  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The helicopter was flying very low because the pilot was not instrument rated. The skid hit the water followed by the tail rotor and the helicopter crashed. The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the surface of an open body of water while intentionally attempting to maintain a very low altitude while in cruise flight. Factors include falling snow, low ceilings, whiteout/greyout conditions, and flat/glassy water.

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