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NTSB Preliminary Report: Montgomery, NY



Montgomery, NY

Accident Number:


Date & Time:

03/30/20191230 EDT




Bell 222


1 Minor, 5 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On March 30, 2019, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Bell 222, N222ML, was substantially damaged during a forced landing shortly after takeoff near Montgomery, New York. The private pilot was not injured, while one of the five passengers sustained minor injuries. No flight plan was filed for the local personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated he completed a preflight checklist, boarded passengers, and started the engines. Prior to takeoff, all gauges were in a normal range. He departed and about 1,000 ft he noticed the engine one needle dropped, indicating it had lost power, and the engine two needle spiked. He made a sharp left turn to return to the airstrip and perform a run-on landing. As the helicopter was touching down, a strong northeast wind pushed the helicopter left and the left landing gear to touched down in the grass, which pulled the helicopter onto uneven ground. The helicopter came to a stop, then tipped over onto its left side and the main rotor impacted the ground. After it came to rest there was a small fire underneath helicopter. All the occupants exited the helicopter and the fire was extinguished.

The helicopter was righted to prevent a fuel leak. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector traveled to the site and examined the helicopter. The rotor and transmission was separated and laying next to the helicopter. There was damage to the nose and fire damage to the upper portion of the fuselage aft of the number one engine.

The ten-seat helicopter was equipped with two Honeywell LTS-101 turboshaft engines.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for helicopter-rotorcraft. His most recent FAA third-class airman medical certificate was issued on August 31, 2017, at that time he reported 250 total flight hours.

At 1230, the weather conditions reported at Orange County Airport (MGJ), Montgomery, New York, about 3 miles southeast of the accident site included, wind from 170° at 13 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 18°C, dew point 6°C, and an altimeter setting of 29.95 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:





222 A

Aircraft Category:


Amateur Built:





On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:



Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:


Observation Facility, Elevation:

KMGJ, 365 ft msl

Observation Time:

1230 EDT

Distance from Accident Site:

3 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

18°C / 6°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:


Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

13 knots / 170°

Lowest Ceiling:



10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.95 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:


Departure Point:

Montgomery, NY


Montgomery, NY


Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 None

Aircraft Damage:


Passenger Injuries:

1 Minor, 4 None

Aircraft Fire:


Ground Injuries:


Aircraft Explosion:


Total Injuries:

1 Minor, 5 None

Latitude, Longitude:

41.539444, -74.306944


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Millicent M Hill

Additional Participating Persons:

Joe Martuge; FAA/FSDO; Teterboro, NY


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

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