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NTSB Final Report: New Castle, IN

Location:

New Castle, IN

Accident Number:

GAA18CA424

Date & Time:

07/16/20180900 EDT

Registration:

N39LR

Aircraft:

Bell 206

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

 

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 137: Agricultural


Analysis
According to the helicopter pilot, during an agricultural flight, he landed on the tender truck platform. The ground crewman connected a hose to fill the hopper, but he did not provide positive communication to the pilot regarding task completion. Consequently, "due to crew miscommunication," the pilot took off with the hose still connected to the helicopter. The tail rotor struck the hose, and the pilot lost tail rotor effectiveness. The helicopter entered an uncontrollable right spin, and the pilot lowered the collective. The helicopter descended, struck the ground, and then rolled over.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom, tail rotor system, main rotor system, and the skids.

The pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented by implementing a documented operating procedure to ensure positive communication between the ground crew and pilot.

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

Probable Cause and Findings
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's failure to ensure that the fill hose was disconnected from the helicopter before takeoff, which resulted in the fill hose striking the tail rotor and the subsequent loss of tail rotor effectiveness. Contributing to the accident was inadequate communication between the ground crewman and the pilot.


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Michael A Hicks

Adopted Date:

06/05/2019

Additional Participating Persons:

Steve Stombaugh; FAA; Indianapolis, IN

Publish Date:

06/05/2019

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=97799

Findings

Aircraft

Prop/rotor parameters - Attain/maintain not possible (Cause)

Personnel issues

Lack of action - Pilot (Cause)

Organizational issues

Between individuals - Operator (Factor)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Prior to flight

Aircraft servicing event

Takeoff

Loss of control in flight

Uncontrolled descent

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Post-impact

Roll over

 

 

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Flight Instructor; Commercial

Age:

71, Male

Airplane Rating(s):

Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea

Seat Occupied:

Front

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

Unknown

Instrument Rating(s):

Airplane

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

Airplane Single-engine; Helicopter

Toxicology Performed:

No

Medical Certification:

Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

06/05/2018

Occupational Pilot:

Yes

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

02/19/2018

Flight Time:

(Estimated) 20882 hours (Total, all aircraft), 810 hours (Total, this make and model), 20701 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 67 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 67 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

 

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Bell

Registration:

N39LR

Model/Series:

206 L1

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

1981

Amateur Built:

No

Airworthiness Certificate:

Restricted; Normal

Serial Number:

45654

Landing Gear Type:

Skid

Seats:

1

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

06/01/2018, Annual

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

4150 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Turbo Shaft

Airframe Total Time:

8318 Hours

Engine Manufacturer:

Rolls Royce

ELT:

Not installed

Engine Model/Series:

259-C30P

Registered Owner:

Hornet LLC

Rated Power:

600 hp

Operator:

Blackstar 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:

KGEZ, 804 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site:

26 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

1253 UTC

Direction from Accident Site:

272°

Lowest Cloud Condition:

 

Visibility

7 Miles

Lowest Ceiling:

Broken / 700 ft agl

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

5 knots /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

/

Wind Direction:

210°

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

/

Altimeter Setting:

29.98 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

25°C / 22°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

No Obscuration; No Precipitation

Departure Point:

New Castle, IN

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

New Castle, IN

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

0900 EDT

Type of Airspace:

Class G

 

 

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:

39.564722, -85.235556 (est)

 





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