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NTSB Preliminary Report: St Jacob, IL

 

Location:

St Jacob, IL

Accident Number:

CEN19LA123

Date & Time:

04/20/20191930 CDT

Registration:

N766WC

Aircraft:

Robinson R66

Injuries:

1 Serious

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 137: Agricultural


On April 20, 2019, at 1930 central daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R66, N766WC, impacted an unmarked powerline and terrain during an aerial application of a field near St Jacob, Illinois. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The airline transport pilot received serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Skyline Helicopters LLC under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The local flight originated from St Jacob, Illinois at 1915.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson

Registration:

N766WC

Model/Series:

R66 No Series

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

Skyline Helicopters LLC

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Agricultural Aircraft (137)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

BLV, 459 ft msl

Observation Time:

1856 CDT

Distance from Accident Site:

10 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

20°C / 3°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

8 knots / 300°

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.86 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

St Jacob, IL

Destination:

St Jacob, IL

 

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:

38.699722, -89.775000 (est)

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Mitchell F Gallo

Additional Participating Persons:

William Grubb II; Federal Aviation Administration; STL FSDO; St Ann, MO

Note:

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

 






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