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Feb
13
2019

NTSB Final Report Released: Caldwell, ID

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The private pilot was performing hover-taxi maneuvers in the experimental amateur-built helicopter when the engine lost all power, which resulted in a forced landing in a field during which the airplane landed hard. Postaccident examination revealed that the engine had seized due to oil exhaustion after the oil pressure gauge line had failed, causing most of the engine oil to be expelled overboard with an insufficient quantity of oil in the sump for engine operation.

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Feb
13
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Zaleski, OH

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On January 29, 2019, at 0650 Eastern standard time, a single-engine, turbine-powered, Bell 407 helicopter, N191SF, collided with forested, rising terrain about 4 miles northeast of Zaleski, Ohio. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Viking Aviation, LLC, doing business as Survival Flight, Inc., as a visual flight rules helicopter air ambulance flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 when the accident occurred. The certificated commercial pilot, flight nurse, and flight paramedic were fatally injured, and the helicopter was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions existed at the departure location, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight departed Mt. Carmel Hospital, Grove City, Ohio at 0628, destined for Holzer Meigs Hospital, Pomeroy, Ohio, about 69 miles southeast.

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Feb
07
2019

NTSB Final Report Released: Loveland, CO

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The accident occurred when a helicopter (N878BC) and an airplane (N777YF) collided midair while on approach to the airport. The helicopter pilot intended to fly a practice instrument approach to the runway, perform the missed approach procedure, and enter the published holding pattern. The airplane pilot intended to enter the traffic pattern, with appropriate spacing, for a full stop landing on the same runway. The airplane pilot had the helicopter in sight and was following the helicopter to the runway. While on final approach, the airplane pilot thought that the helicopter had entered a hover and asked the helicopter pilot about his intentions. The helicopter pilot indicated that he would be flying the missed approach procedure and then returning to the airport, but the airplane pilot incorrectly heard the helicopter pilot's response and believed that the helicopter was going to hover near the end of the runway and then proceed to the east. As a result, the airplane pilot expected the helicopter to be east of the airport, which was a common location for local helicopter training, when the airplane would be landing; however, the helicopter was on approach to the runway at that time. During the airplane's approach, the airplane pilot lost sight of the helicopter. The airplane continued to land and collided with the helicopter.

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Feb
07
2019

NTSB Final Report Released: Harrisville, NY

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The commercial pilot was conducting a cross-country flight in an experimental amateur-built helicopter that was equipped with an automobile engine. When the airplane was about 6 miles from the destination and at a cruise altitude of 500 ft above ground level, the engine sputtered once and then lost all power. The pilot performed an autorotation into a low-lying valley with short trees. During the landing, the main and tail rotors contacted the trees, resulting in substantial damage.

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Feb
06
2019

NTSB Final Report Released: Zebulon, GA

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The flight instructor was providing training to a student pilot during a local public flight. According to the flight instructor, during the fifth simulated engine failure of the flight, the helicopter throttle was advanced for the power recovery. The engine then accelerated, and the engine and rotor tachometer needles were in their normal operating range. At that time, the flight instructor initiated a climb. About 4 to 5 seconds into the climb, when the speed was about 25 knots and the helicopter was at an altitude of 125 ft above ground level, the engine lost power. The instructor made a forced landing into a field, which resulted in substantial damage to the tailboom.

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Feb
06
2019

NTSB Final Report Released: Raleigh, NC

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In preparation for a local flight, the commercial pilot moved the helicopter from the hangar to the helipad on an electric transporter that was attached to the helicopter skids. During the pilot's preflight preparation, shortly after he had unhooked the left skid from the transporter, the passenger interrupted him to ask if the flight controls could be removed from the copilot's side. After removing the controls, the pilot continued with his preflight inspection; however, he forgot to unhook the right skid from the transporter. Subsequently, during the takeoff, the helicopter rolled right until the main rotor blades struck the ground. The pilot's failure to unhook the transporter from the right skid led to the subsequent dynamic rollover.

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Feb
05
2019

NTSB Final Report Released: Yuma, AZ

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On January 11, 2019, about 2100 mountain standard time, a Bell 206B helicopter, N88HC, collided with a transmission wire near Yuma, Arizona. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter's fuselage was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical and operated by Tri-Rotor LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated from Tri-Rotor Ag Services Airport (AZ25), Somerton, Arizona, about 1800.

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Feb
05
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Ponca City, OK

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On January11, 2019, about 1145 central standard time, an Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 helicopter, N346AE, sustained substantial damage during a dynamic rollover during landing at the Ponca City Regional Airport (PNC). The pilot and passenger were not injured. The helicopter received damage to the rotor blades, fuselage and tail boom. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Air Evac EMS, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on company visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Ponca City Hospital about 1141.

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Dec
21
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Rockville, ID

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The commercial pilot reported that, while conducting an aerial application flight, he performed a 180° turn at an altitude of about 40 to 50 ft above ground level and heard a growling noise, which was followed by the sound of a loud bang and a subsequent loss of power. The pilot lowered the collective, likely to initiate an autorotation to a nearby open field, and the helicopter landed hard.

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Dec
21
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Big Lake, MN

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The airline transport pilot was preparing to depart in the helicopter on his fifth aerial application flight of the day. While on the ground, he increased engine rpm from idle to 3,100 rpm. Before making a collective input, the pilot felt a "sudden pull" and heard a "very loud snap." The pilot then saw that a company truck, which was parked nearby, had just sustained damaged and that the helicopter's two main rotor blades were missing. He shut down the engine; exited the helicopter; and found the main rotor blades, which were constructed of wood, splintered and scattered on the ground from about the helicopter's 2 o'clock position counterclockwise to its 8 o'clock position.

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Dec
20
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Ireland, IN

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The commercial pilot was conducting an agricultural aerial application flight. The pilot reported that the helicopter made an uncommanded right yaw during a turn. The pilot stated that he applied full left pedal to counter the yaw and that the helicopter centered briefly, but then the right yaw started again, which continued as the helicopter descended and impacted the ground.

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Dec
20
2018

NTSB Final Report Released: Beaumont, TX

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The student pilot was practicing basic hovering skills under the supervision of the flight instructor. Due to the high air temperature and minimal airflow over the engine, the engine oil temperature had increased beyond the approved limits. The flight instructor decided to fly a low-altitude circuit along the perimeter of the airport to increase the airflow and cool the engine. The low-altitude circuit was performed at an altitude of about 100 ft above ground level and at a speed of about 60 knots. About halfway around the circuit, the oil temperature had returned to normal, and all other engine indications were normal at that time. However, during the turn at the southwest corner of the airport, which was about three-quarters of the way around the circuit, the helicopter began to lose altitude and would not respond to the flight instructor's control inputs. The flight instructor was unable to regain control, and the helicopter subsequently impacted the ground.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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