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Dec
05
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Orange Springs, FL

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The commercial helicopter pilot had completed 25 to 30 water drops in a fire zone using a firefighting bucket on suspension cables. After refueling, he completed three or four additional drops and then filled and pulled the bucket from the water and immediately felt "a severely out of CG [center of gravity] condition to the right." He assumed that the bucket cables were entangled in the right landing skid, so he released the water from the bucket. The condition persisted, so he rocked the helicopter to attempt to free the cable without success. He then released the cable with the cargo release button and heard the "clunk" sound typically heard when the bucket was released, but then he heard another "clunk." The helicopter then began to spin violently and crashed into the water.

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Dec
05
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Medford, NJ

Posted by jhadmin

The purpose of the flight was to provide an orientation/pleasure flight to the passenger, who was scheduled to perform in a concert on the airport later that evening. Several minutes after takeoff, the pilot reported over the airport UNICOM frequency that he was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs. He reported that he could "roll" the twist-grip; however, there was no corresponding change in engine power when he did so.

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Dec
03
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Larchwood, IA

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The commercial pilot was conducting a helicopter flight to assist with herding cattle that had gotten loose. According to multiple witnesses on the ground, the helicopter impacted powerlines and then terrain. Video of the accident showed the helicopter facing away from the powerlines at the time of the collision with the powerlines.

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Dec
03
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Page, AZ

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The commercial pilot was conducting a personal flight in the helicopter to practice operating in the traffic pattern and performing landings and hovers. When the helicopter was transitioning from a hover to forward flight, the nose suddenly pitched down more than expected. The pilot immediately applied aft cyclic but was unable to arrest the downward pitch. The helicopter subsequently impacted the ground and came to rest on its side. The passenger reported that first the skids and then the rotor blades contacted the ground.

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Nov
29
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Clanton, AL

Posted by jhadmin

On November 16, 2018, about 1130 central standard time, a Bell OH-58C, N510CP, struck powerlines and came to rest in the Coosa River, near Clanton, Alabama. The helicopter was owned and operated by the Columbus Georgia Police Department. The commercial pilot and student pilot passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The positioning flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 and was destined for Chilton County Airport (02A), Clanton, Alabama. The flight departed Columbus Airport (CSG), Columbus, Georgia, about 1025 eastern standard time and stopped at Auburn University Regional Airport (AUO), Auburn, Alabama, to pick up the passenger before continuing to 02A.

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Nov
26
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Fort Glenn, AK

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The commercial helicopter pilot was conducting an aerial mustering flight with cattle on a remote island. The pilot reported that, while in a hover, he heard "metallic grinding noises" from behind his position in the front right seat; however, the helicopter was "stable with engine power," the rotor rpm was within normal limitations, and the had "normal responding controls and tail rotor authority." The pilot immediately landed the helicopter on a sandbar, completed the shutdown process, and exited from the helicopter without further incident. While conducting a postflight inspection, the pilot observed that the tail rotor gearbox had separated from the tailboom mounting assembly and was lying on the ground.

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Nov
26
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: San Juan, PR

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The commercial pilot was conducting helicopter operations to support electrical workers on utility towers. The support included lifting ladders and other equipment with an open-end grapple and lifting ladders with electrical workers (linemen) on them with an A-frame attachment. At the time of the accident, the helicopter was attempting to lift a ladder with a lineman on it using a grapple. The ladder became bound, and the helicopter pilot descended to lower the ladder back on the static arm. The ladder became free of both the grapple and static arm, which resulted in the ladder falling to the ground with the lineman on it, causing a serious injury to the lineman.

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Nov
16
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Venice, LA

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The commercial pilot was conducting a nonscheduled, cross-country passenger flight. He reported that, while en route, he detected an in-flight vibration and made a precautionary landing on an oil platform. As he was shutting down the engine, the vibration increased, and he initiated an emergency shutdown using the rotor brake.

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Nov
16
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Kaneohe, HI

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On October 22, 2018, about 1710 Hawaiian standard time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N4132H, was substantially damaged during a hard landing on the Kaneohe Sandbar, a large area of sand covered by shallow water, located in Kaneohe Bay, near Kaneohe, Hawaii. The commercial pilot and two passengers sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to Higgins Leasing Inc. and operated by Novictor Aviation under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an air tour flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, and a company flight plan was filed. The helicopter originated from Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu, Hawaii at 1647, and was planned to complete a 45-minute circle island route flight.

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Nov
16
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Odanah, WI

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On October 29, 2018, about 1345 central standard time, an Airbus (Eurocopter) AS350B3 helicopter, N910S, impacted terrain near Odanah, Wisconsin. The commercial rated pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Enbridge Energy Company, Inc, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 observation fight. The flight departed Gogebic-Iron County Airport (IWD), Ironwood, Michigan about 1300 for the pipeline patrol, en route to Superior, Wisconsin.

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Nov
15
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: McDougal, AR

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On October 2, 2018 about 1330 central daylight time (CDT), a Hughes 369D, N5187S/N454AR, was destroyed when it impacted a utility pole and, subsequently, terrain in McDougal, Arkansas. The helicopter departed from a grass landing zone with two linemen attached for short haul operations in connection with utility line work. The commercial pilot was fatally injured and the two lineman sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the external load operation that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133, and no flight plan had been filed.

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Nov
15
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Wichita Falls, TX

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On November 2, 2018, about 1130 central daylight time, a Bell 47G-3B-1, N1159W, impacted terrain after experiencing a total loss of engine power near the Wichita Valley Airport (F14), Wichita Falls, Texas. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and airline transport pilot were seriously injured and the helicopter exhibited substantial damage throughout. The helicopter was registered to Treblig LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from F14 at about 1105.

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Nov
15
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Uvalde, TX

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On November 4, 2018, about 0001 central standard time, a Bell 206B helicopter, N417WT, impacted terrain near Uvalde, Texas. The airline transport rated pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to and operated by W T Byler company, Inc. as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal fight. The flight departed a private ranch about 2345 en route to San Antonio.

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Nov
13
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Hastings, MN

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After completing an agricultural application flight, the commercial pilot lost control of the helicopter, which subsequently impacted a field in a nose-low attitude. The pilot shut down the engine after the accident occurred.

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Nov
13
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Beekmantown, NY

Posted by jhadmin

On October 30, 2018, at 1611 eastern daylight time, an Aerospatiale AS355, N372CA, was destroyed when it collided with a wooden utility pole and power lines near Beekmantown, New York. The airline transport pilot and a lineman were fatally injured. The pilot-rated passenger and another lineman sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Catalyst Aviation, LLC, Hammonton, New Jersey, and was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 as a rotorcraft external load flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed from a designated landing zone near Plattsburgh, New York, at 1602.

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Nov
08
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Medford, NJ

Posted by jhadmin

The purpose of the flight was to provide an orientation/pleasure flight to the passenger, who was scheduled to perform in a concert on the airport later that evening. Several minutes after takeoff, the pilot reported over the airport UNICOM frequency that he was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs. He reported that he could "roll" the twist-grip; however, there was no corresponding change in engine power when he did so.

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Nov
07
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Stuttgart, AR

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The helicopter air ambulance flight was en route to pick up a patient when company satellite tracking was lost at an altitude about 1,250 ft mean sea level. The helicopter impacted a reservoir bank and a postimpact fire consumed a majority of the fuselage. Examination of the helicopter did not reveal any anomalies with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

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Nov
07
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Passaic, MO

Posted by jhadmin

On October 27, 2018, about 1800 central daylight time, a skid-equipped Rotorway Exec 162F helicopter, N162RF, impacted terrain while landing during an autorotation near Passaic, Missouri. The left seat student pilot and sole occupant sustained no injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Butler Memorial Airport (BUM), Butler, Missouri, about 1750.

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Oct
29
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Fulton, MO

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On October 17, 2018 about 1421 central daylight time, a Robinson R22B helicopter, N923SH, registered to Spitzer Helicopter LLC, Woodland Hills, California, and operated by Helisat LLC, Moscow Mills, Missouri, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Fulton, Missouri. The commercial rated airplane pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area and a flight plan was not filed. The solo cross-country instructional flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from a private airfield near Moscow Mills, Missouri about 1345 and was enroute to Columbia, Missouri (COU).

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Oct
27
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Yakutat, AK

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The helicopter pilot reported that, during startup on an off-airport landing pad, the helicopter was facing into the wind, and the airspeed indicator was showing gusting wind conditions. As the blades began to turn, he felt a strong wind gust and heard a loud bang almost simultaneously, and the helicopter "lurched" to the right about 5°. He immediately aborted the start procedure and applied the rotor brake.

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Oct
27
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Sonora, TX

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The pilot reported that, while he was spotting deer, the helicopter hit a treetop, damaging the tail rotor. The helicopter began to spin, and the pilot closed the throttle. He landed the helicopter, and it then rolled onto its left side.

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Oct
26
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Salinas, CA

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On October 6, 2018, at 1437 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R44 II, N611TH, made a forced landing to an open plowed field following a loss of engine power on take off from Salinas Municipal Airport (SNS), Salinas, California. The pilot/owner operated the helicopter under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

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Oct
22
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Bridgeville, DE

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On October 7, 2018, about 1340 eastern daylight time, an Enstrom F-28C helicopter, N5691Y, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from a field in Bridgeville, Delaware. The commercial pilot and three passengers were not injured. The helicopter was operated by J&J Shop HeliAir LLC., local sightseeing flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

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Oct
15
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Gustavus, AK

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On September 28, 2018, about 1055 Alaska daylight time, an Airbus Helicopters AS350-B3e, impacted shallow water on a beach in Glacier Bay National Park about 60 miles northwest of Gustavus, Alaska. The co-pilot was fatally injured, one passenger sustained serious injuries, and the pilot and one other passenger are missing. The helicopter was registered to Chinilna Equipment LLC and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed from the Juneau International Airport (JNU) Juneau, Alaska, and was en route to Yakutat Airport (YAK), Yakutat, Alaska.

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Oct
04
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Alice, TX

Posted by jhadmin

The commercial pilot was practicing emergency maneuvers in the helicopter. He completed two successful power recovery practice autorotations; however, during the third, the pilot noted a vibration in the rotor during the landing flare. He reported that, when he initiated the power recovery, the engine power "wasn't there." The pilot then leveled the helicopter and used the collective to soften the landing. Upon contacting the ground, the skids separated from the helicopter and the helicopter rolled onto its side. Examination of the helicopter and engine at the accident site did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation and the reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.

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Oct
04
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Skagway, AK

Posted by jhadmin

The non-instrument-rated commercial pilot was making a visual flight rules internal-cargo company flight in the helicopter. He was returning to base in the helicopter after dropping off 1 employee and 12 dogs at a remote dog camp situated on a glacier surrounded by mountainous terrain. The pilot had previously completed 5 of the day's 7 planned roundtrip flights from the base to the dog camp. According to the dog camp manager, the weather was deteriorating with snow and wind increasing when the pilot departed on the accident flight. The dog camp manager's observations and radar data indicated that the pilot attempted to depart via the normal route to the south but turned around. He likely encountered low visibility conditions and then attempted several departures by routes to the north of the dog camp. About 8 minutes after departure, the helicopter impacted snow-covered mountainous terrain about 2 miles northeast of the dog camp.

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Oct
04
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Mountain City, TN

Posted by jhadmin

During the initial climb, about 125 ft above ground level, the commercial pilot of the helicopter heard a loud noise that was accompanied by a left yaw, rapidly increasing measured gas temperature, and decreasing power turbine rpm. During the subsequent forced landing, the helicopter landed hard, which spread the skids and resulted in substantial damage. Examination of the engine revealed a partial separation of the compressor diffuser, which allowed intake air to leak before combustion. Metallurgical examination of the compressor diffuser revealed that a portion of the aft plate had separated near a braze joint; however, manufacturer specifications indicated that the aft plate should have been a single component, not two components joined together by a brazing process.

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Oct
04
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Gunnison, UT

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The commercial pilot was nearing the end of his second agricultural application pass; about the time that he turned off the spray system, he heard a "pop" and felt a "thump" that shook the helicopter. After he observed chemical spray in the air and along the side of the helicopter, he pushed the "kill" button for the spray pump. As he was doing so, the engine rpm dropped, and the pilot heard the engine "sputtering." The pilot lowered the collective to re-establish main rotor rpm; the engine subsequently experienced a total loss of power. He entered an autorotation between 50 and 75 ft above the ground, and the helicopter landed hard.

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Oct
01
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Honolulu, HI

Posted by jhadmin

On September 18, 2018, about 0915 Hawaiian standard time, a R44 helicopter, N632NV, was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing near Wahiawa, Hawaii. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Novictor Aviation under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 air tour flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu, Hawaii at 0845 and was destined for Weed Airport, Weed, California.

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Sep
24
2018

NTSB Preliminary Report Released: Dardanelle, CA

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On August 25, 2018, about 1600 Pacific daylight time, a Bell 212 helicopter, N512TA, impacted terrain about a one-half mile north of Dardanelle, California. The airline transport pilot received serious injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the top of the fuselage, the main rotor blades and the tail rotor ninety-degree gearbox. The helicopter was registered to Roberts Aircraft Company and operated by Trans Aero Limited of Cheyenne, Wyoming, as a public aircraft external load flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed along the route of flight about the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from a staging area near Bald Mountain, California about 1445.

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