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NTSB Final Report Released: Yuma, AZ

Location:

Yuma, AZ

Accident Number:

WPR19TA061

Date & Time:

01/11/20192100 MST

Registration:

N88HC

Aircraft:

Bell 206

Injuries:

1 Serious

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 137: Agricultural


On January 11, 2019, about 2100 mountain standard time, a Bell 206B helicopter, N88HC, collided with a transmission wire near Yuma, Arizona. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter's fuselage was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical and operated by Tri-Rotor LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated from Tri-Rotor Ag Services Airport (AZ25), Somerton, Arizona, about 1800.

The operator reported that the pilot had been spraying fields for about 2 hours. The pilot was advised of wires in a field he was about to spray, and before loading, he flew to the field to look for them. As he was flying north over the field, the helicopter collided with the east/west running wires that were about 30 ft above the ground. The wire wrapped around the mast, and the helicopter subsequently collided with the ground coming to rest inverted.

The pilot reported that he never saw the wires, and that there were no mechanical anomalies with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

The operator reported that this accident could possibly have been prevented if the field had been looked at during the daylight.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Bell

Registration:

N88HC

Model/Series:

206 B

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

Tri-Rotor LLC

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Agricultural Aircraft (137)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Night

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KNYL

Observation Time:

2057 MST

Distance from Accident Site:

 

Temperature/Dew Point:

14°C / 7°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

Calm / ,

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

30.04 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Somerton, AZ (AZ25)

Destination:

Somerton, AZ (AZ25)

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Serious

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 Serious

Latitude, Longitude:

32.619444, -114.645556 (est)

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Fabian Salazar

Additional Participating Persons:

Darren Henley; Scottsdale FSDO; Scottsdale, AZ

Note:

The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.





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