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NTSB Preliminary Report: Minot, ND


Location:

Minot, ND

Accident Number:

CEN20LA068

Date & Time:

01/22/2020, 1332 CST

Registration:

N947LH

Aircraft:

Bell 407

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Business - Air Medical (Unspecified)

On January 22, 2020, about 1332 central standard time, a Bell 407 helicopter, N947LH, impacted a helipad perimeter fence during a landing near Minot, North Dakota. The pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Executive Air Taxi Corp under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight.

The pilot reported that he planned on a flight to the Trinity Medical Helipad (2ND4) to pick up the medical crew. The pilot stated he performed a right 180° circling approach to the pad. As he finished the turn, he thought he was a little low on final approach and "pulled in a little collective." He applied more collective, as he was leveling off, and the "helicopter contacted the pad firmly." The pilot added that it was firmer than a normal landing, but he thought everything was okay until he noticed a small vibration.

Before departing with the medical crew, the pilot still felt the vibration in the helicopter, so he shut the helicopter down to check. After shutdown, the crew walked toward the tail and noticed a slight bend in the lower vertical fin, the tips of both tail rotor blades missing, and the helipad safety fence was missing a small section of the fence-edge pipe.

The helicopter was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Bell

Registration:

N947LH

Model/Series:

407 No Series

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

Executive Air Taxi Corp

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

On-demand Air Taxi (135)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KMOT

Observation Time:

1354 CST

Distance from Accident Site:

2 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

-2°C / -6°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

6 knots / , 300°

Lowest Ceiling:

 

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.78 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

 

Departure Point:

Minot, ND

Destination:

Minot, ND (2ND4)

 

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:

48.232222, -101.293333

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Craig Hatch

Additional Participating Persons:

Brent Allen; FAA FSDO; Fargo, ND

Note:

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





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