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NTSB Preliminary Report: Union Center, SD

 

Location:

Union Center, SD

Accident Number:

CEN19LA092

Date & Time:

03/03/20190013 MST

Registration:

N450AM

Aircraft:

Bell 407

Injuries:

1 Minor, 2 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Unspecified)

On March 3, 2019, about 0013 mountain standard time, a Bell 407 helicopter, N450AM, was substantially damaged on the ground near Union Center, South Dakota. The pilot and one crew member were not injured. One crew member sustained minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and it is unknown if a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The helicopter had arrived at the landing zone at Union Center to pick up a patient.

According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident, the helicopter had just landed and the pilot was conducting the routine engine cool down segment before shutting the helicopter down. The flight paramedic disembarked from the helicopter and the ambulance drove towards the helicopter. The main rotor blades of the helicopter impacted the top of the ambulance resulting in substantial damaged to the main rotor blades, tail boom, and fuselage, of the helicopter.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Bell

Registration:

N450AM

Model/Series:

407

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

Air Methods Corp

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

On-demand Air Taxi (135)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Night

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KRAP, 3203 ft msl

Observation Time:

0052 MST

Distance from Accident Site:

 

Temperature/Dew Point:

-24°C / -29°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

13 knots / 330°

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

30.42 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

Company VFR

Departure Point:

, SD

Destination:

Union Center, SD (None)

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Minor, 2 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 Minor, 2 None

Latitude, Longitude:

 

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Jennifer Rodi

Additional Participating Persons:

William Howell; Federal Aviation Administration; Rapid City, SD

Note:

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

 



 





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by ScottSkola

About the author: After a 32 year career in maintaining helicopters, Scott provides limited litigation support and audit services through his company, TEK Aviation LLC. He can be contacted at tekaviation@cox.net.
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