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NTSB Final Report: Vandalia, IL


Location:

Vandalia, IL

Accident Number:

GAA19CA481

Date & Time:

08/02/2019, 1535 CDT

Registration:

N1767L

Aircraft:

Robinson R66

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Low altitude operation/event

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 137: Agricultural

Analysis 

The helicopter pilot reported that, during high reconnaissance of a field intended for agricultural application, he saw power lines surrounding the field. He started the application southbound from the northwest section, and after travelling about 300 yards and while about 15 ft above ground level, the helicopter struck a power line, after which the pilot was able to land the helicopter on an adjacent field without further incident.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blade.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 maintain clearance from power lines during an agricultural application flight.

Findings

Aircraft

Altitude - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues

Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues

Wire - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying

Low altitude operation/event (Defining event)

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

 

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Commercial; Private

Age:

41, Male

Airplane Rating(s):

Single-engine Land

Seat Occupied:

Right

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

 

Instrument Rating(s):

None

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

Helicopter

Toxicology Performed:

No

Medical Certification:

Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

06/10/2019

Occupational Pilot:

Yes

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

06/05/2019

Flight Time:

(Estimated) 6696 hours (Total, all aircraft), 94 hours (Total, this make and model), 6636 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 217 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 145 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5.7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson

Registration:

N1767L

Model/Series:

R66 No Series

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

2011

Amateur Built:

No

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal

Serial Number:

0044

Landing Gear Type:

Skid

Seats:

4

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

 Unknown

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

 

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

 Turbo Shaft

Airframe Total Time:

 

Engine Manufacturer:

Rolls-Royce

ELT:

 

Engine Model/Series:

250-R300

Registered Owner:

Helicrops Llc

Rated Power:

 

Operator:

Helicrops 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:

K3LF, 690 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site:

27 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

2035 UTC

Direction from Accident Site:

295°

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Scattered / 4200 ft agl

Visibility

10 Miles

Lowest Ceiling:

 

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

7 knots /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

None / None

Wind Direction:

50°

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting:

30.08 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

29°C / 19°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

No Obscuration; No Precipitation

Departure Point:

Vandalia, IL (VLA)

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

VFR

Destination:

Vandalia, IL (VLA)

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

1530 CDT

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:

38.975278, -89.142500 (est)


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Eleazar Nepomuceno

Report Date:

02/11/2020

Additional Participating Persons:

Michael Veselka; FAA; Springfiedl, IL

Publish Date:

02/11/2020

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=99994





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