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NTSB Factual Report: Keene, NH

 

Location:

Keene, NH

Accident Number:

GAA19CA168

Date & Time:

03/13/20191800 EDT

Registration:

N8045H

Aircraft:

Hughes TH 55

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Birdstrike

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The helicopter pilot reported that while enroute, about 2 miles northeast from his destination airport, about 500 feet above ground level and 60 knots, he heard a loud "thud" from a possible bird strike and the upper right windscreen/canopy shattered, with pieces going into the main rotor disc and cabin. He continued to the airport and landed without further incident.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades.

The pilot, a certificated Airframe and Powerplant mechanic with Inspection Authorization, reported that after his examination, the main rotor blade damages were beyond the manufacturer's guidance and repair limits.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Eleazar Nepomuceno

Additional Participating Persons:

Dennis Tramblay; FAA; Portland, ME

Note:

This accident report documents the factual circumstances of this accident as described to the NTSB.

Investigation Docket:

http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/dockList.cfm?mKey=99124

 

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Commercial; Private

Age:

35, Male

Airplane Rating(s):

Single-engine Land

Seat Occupied:

Right

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

4-point

Instrument Rating(s):

Helicopter

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

None

Toxicology Performed:

No

Medical Certification:

Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

10/26/2017

Occupational Pilot:

No

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

06/06/2017

Flight Time:

(Estimated) 550 hours (Total, all aircraft), 25 hours (Total, this make and model), 415 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 44 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

 

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Hughes

Registration:

N8045H

Model/Series:

TH 55 269A

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

1967

Amateur Built:

No

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal

Serial Number:

65-18240

Landing Gear Type:

Skid

Seats:

2

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

10/15/2018, Annual

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

1670 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time:

5317.2 Hours as of last inspection

Engine Manufacturer:

Lycoming

ELT:

Not installed

Engine Model/Series:

HIO-360-B1A

Registered Owner:

On file

Rated Power:

180 hp

Operator:

On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KLEB, 570 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site:

19 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

1156 UTC

Direction from Accident Site:

189°

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Visibility

10 Miles

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

Calm /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

None / None

Wind Direction:

 

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting:

30.34 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

-10°C / -11°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

No Obscuration; No Precipitation

Departure Point:

Keene, NH

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

Keene, NH (EEN)

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

1745 EDT

Type of Airspace:

Class G

 

Airport Information

Airport:

DILLANT-HOPKINS (EEN)

Runway Surface Type:

Asphalt

Airport Elevation:

488 ft

Runway Surface Condition:

Dry

Runway Used:

32

IFR Approach:

None

Runway Length/Width:

4001 ft / 150 ft

VFR Approach/Landing:

Full Stop; Precautionary Landing

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 None

Latitude, Longitude:

42.898333, -72.270833 (est)

 





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