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NTSB Preliminary Report: Franklin, KY

 

 

Location:

Franklin, KY

Accident Number:

ERA19TA213

Date & Time:

07/08/20191112 CDT

Registration:

N41830

Aircraft:

CONTINENTAL COPTERS INC TOMCAT MK6C

Injuries:

1 Minor

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 137: Agricultural


On July 8, 2019, about 1112 central daylight time, a Continental Copters Tomcat MK6C, N41830, was substantially damaged while maneuvering near Franklin, Kentucky. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The local aerial application flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed a field near Franklin, Kentucky, about 1110.

The pilot stated that after 50 gallons of chemical and 5 gallons of fuel were added to the helicopter, he departed from a rooftop helipad of a truck in light and variable wind, to spray a field. As the helicopter turned, descended and leveled off to spray the field, the pilot realized that the main rotor rpm began to decay. He increased throttle, lowered the collective, and applied aft cyclic to increase rotor rpm, however, the tailboom contacted the ground and the helicopter to roll inverted. The pilot added that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the helicopter.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the main rotor blades, tailrotor, fuselage, and tailboom.

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

CONTINENTAL COPTERS INC

Registration:

N41830

Model/Series:

TOMCAT MK6C

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Operator Does Business As:

Tri State Helicopters Inc

Operator Designator Code:

TCSG

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

BWG, 547 ft msl

Observation Time:

1104 CDT

Distance from Accident Site:

20 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

29°C / 24°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Few / 2100 ft agl

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

3 knots / Variable

Lowest Ceiling:

Broken / 5000 ft agl

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.98 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Franklin, KY

Destination:

Franklin, KY

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Minor

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 Minor

Latitude, Longitude:

36.681111, -86.631111

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Robert J Gretz

Additional Participating Persons:

James Zehr; FAA/FSDO; Louisville, KY

Note:

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







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