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Oct
11
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Bloomsburg, PA

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On September 28, 2019, about 1930 eastern daylight time, an Enstrom F-28F helicopter, N380SH, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain and vehicles during an approach to a helipad at the Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries and the two passengers sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was operated by J&J Shop HeliAir LLC. under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a local sightseeing flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated about 1920.

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Sep
03
2019

NTSB Final Report: Blacksburg, VA

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On August 14, 2018, at 1330 eastern daylight time, at the Mountain Lake Biological Station, Blacksburg, Virginia, a Dà-Jiang Innovations (DJI) Phantom 4 small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS, commonly known as a drone), registration FA3HCWCR4X, operated by the Virginia Tech Conservation Management Institute (CMI), collided with a bystander resulting in minor injuries. There was no damage to the drone. The flight was an educational demonstration flight conducted in Class G airspace under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 107. Visual flight rules conditions prevailed at the time of the incident.

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Sep
03
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Viroqa, WI

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On August 19, 2019, about 1834 Central daylight time, an experimental light sport, Sport Copter Vortex gyrocopter, N634SC, impacted a corn field about .31 miles west of the departure end of runway 29 at Viroqua Municipal Airport (Y51) Viroqua, Wisconsin. The gyrocopter was owned and operated by the pilot as a visual flight rules (VFR) flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 when the accident occurred. The non-certificated pilot was fatally injured and the gyrocopter was destroyed by the impact and post-crash fire. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Y51 about 1830.

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Aug
12
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Ida Grove, IA

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On July 21, 2019, about 0845 central daylight time, a Robinson R-44 (Raven I) helicopter, N459TA, impacted terrain while maneuvering low-level near Ida Grove, Iowa. The commercial pilot and sole occupant sustained minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Mid-West Helicopter, LLC, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 137 as a visual flight rules aerial application flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Ida Grove Municipal Airport (IDG), Ida Grove, Iowa, about 0620.

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Aug
12
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Blair, NE

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On July 27, 2019, at 1628 central daylight time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N7508Z, impacted terrain following a reported system malfunction near Blair, Nebraska. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades and tailboom. The helicopter was registered to and operated by NE IA Helicopters, LLC, Tekamah, Nebraska, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight departed an off-airport location for aerial application operations at an unknown time.

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Aug
05
2019

NTSB Final Report: Midland, MI

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On October 1, 2017, at 1447 eastern daylight time, a Brantly B-2B helicopter, N2284U, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain in an open field near Midland, Michigan. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to Attitude Toys, Inc., and was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from the open field shortly before the accident.

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Aug
05
2019

NTSB Final Report: Albany, TX

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On January 8, 2018, at 1345 central standard time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N797JR, collided with trees and the terrain during an autorotation near Albany, Texas. The commercial pilot was not injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to S2 Helicopter Services and was operated by an individual as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from a ranch in Albany, Texas, at 1310.

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Aug
02
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Franklin, KY

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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.

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Aug
02
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Hayward, CA

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On July 15, 2019, at 1426 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson R-44 II helicopter, N144TG, was substantially damaged during a low altitude maneuver at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD), Hayward, California. The commercial pilot was fatally injured and the student pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Pacific Helicopters, LLC under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated from HWD at 1341.

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Jul
29
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Big Grand Cay, Bahamas

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On July 4, 2019, about 0154 eastern daylight time, an Agusta AW139, N32CC, owned and operated by Challenger Management LLC, was substantially damaged when it impacted the Atlantic Ocean near Big Grand Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. The commercial pilot, airline transport pilot rated copilot, and five passengers were fatally injured. The helicopter was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for a flight from Walker's Cay Airport (MYAW), Walker's Cay, Bahamas, to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The flight departed from a concrete pad at Big Grand Cay, which was located about 5 nautical miles (nm) southeast from MYAW, about 1 minute prior to the accident.

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Jul
19
2019

NTSB Final Report: Raton, NM

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On January 17, 2018, about 1800 mountain standard time, a Bell UH-1H helicopter, N658H, impacted terrain near Raton, New Mexico. The helicopter was subsequently consumed by a postimpact fire. The commercial pilot, a pilot-rated passenger, and three other passengers were fatally injured. One passenger sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Sapphire Aviation LLC as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Raton Municipal Airport/Crews Field (RTN), near Raton, New Mexico, about 1750 and was destined for Folsom, New Mexico.

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Jul
17
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Danbury, TX

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On June 28, 2019 at 1132 Central Daylight Time, a Robinson R-22 Beta helicopter, N26498, conducted an emergency landing near Danbury, Texas, following a clutch malfunction. The commercial pilot was not injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to a corporation and operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the accident site and along the route of flight about the time of the accident.

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Jul
15
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Garwood, TX

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On June 29, 2019, about 1230 central daylight time, a Robinson R-22 (Beta) helicopter, N7143Y, impacted a wire while maneuvering low-level near Garwood, Texas. The commercial pilot and sole occupant sustained serious injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to Spitzer Helicopter, LLC and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules crop pollination flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from a private helipad near Garwood, Texas at an unknown time.

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Jul
12
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Avalon, CA

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On June 17, 2019 about 1730 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N7187D, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering near Avalon, California, Santa Catalina Island. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed within the area and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from Long Beach Airport (LGB), Long Beach, California at 1657.

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Jul
12
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: La Ward, TX

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On June 21, 2019, about 1221 central daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N445AP, was substantially damaged when it impacted a field near La Ward, Texas. The commercial pilot was not injured. The aerial application flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight.

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Jul
11
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Brainerd, MN

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On June 28, 2019, about 0041 central daylight time, an Agusta Spa A109S helicopter, N11NM, impacted terrain while landing at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD), Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota. The pilot and flight nurse were fatally injured, the flight paramedic was seriously injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to and operated by North Memorial Healthcare under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at BRD for the instrument flight rules (IFR) flight, which departed from North Memorial Heliport (MY77), Robbinsdale, Minnesota, about 2348.

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Jul
11
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Parsons, WV

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On June 29, 2019, about 1140 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N883TY, was substantially damage when it collided with a telephone line and then a river near Parsons, West Virginia. The private pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries, and a second passenger sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Ali Co. under the provisions of 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 was filed for the local flight that originated about 15 minutes earlier from Elgon, West Virginia.

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Jul
05
2019

NTSB Final Report: Orlando, FL

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The commercial pilot was conducting a local sightseeing flight in a helicopter with two passengers onboard. He reported that, while he was flying southbound and descending from 1,000 to 600 ft, he heard a "pop" sound and noted a corresponding right yaw, followed by vibration and engine roughness. The pilot looked at the instruments, and the main rotor tachometer was indicating that the rpm had dropped to "0" and that the engine tachometer was indicating between 60% and 70%. The pilot immediately initiated an autorotation to a median, and the helicopter landed hard. The helicopter began rolling forward, and in response, the pilot applied aft cyclic control input, which was contrary to the instructions in the Pilot's Operating Handbook, which contained a caution in the emergency procedures section related to power failures that stated to "not apply aft cyclic during touchdown…to prevent possible blade strike to the" tailboom. The pilot's improper control input resulted in the main rotor blades contacting and substantially damaging the tailboom.

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Jul
05
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: La Ward, TX

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On June 21, 2019, about 1221 central daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N445AP, was substantially damaged when it impacted a field near La Ward, Texas. The commercial pilot was not injured. The aerial application flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight.

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Jun
27
2019

NTSB Final Report: Myrtle Beach, SC

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The commercial pilot and two passengers departed in the helicopter for a commercial air tour flight. The pilot reported that, shortly after takeoff, the helicopter started shaking like a "minor kick," which he thought might be due to a stuck engine valve. He immediately radioed the operator and requested that maintenance personnel meet the flight after the tour ended. He chose to continue the tour and attempted to maintain about 70 knots with the engine operating at 25 inches manifold pressure, which resulted in a descent rate of 300 ft per minute. When the helicopter was near the helipad location, company personnel reported seeing white smoke trailing from the helicopter, and the pilot noted that the alternator light was on. When the pilot started to slow the descent, the low rotor rpm horn sounded, and the engine rpm spiked. After realizing the helicopter would not be able to reach the helipad, the pilot turned the helicopter parallel to the slope of an adjacent field and fully pulled the collective pitch to cushion the landing, but the helicopter landed hard.

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Jun
27
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: New York, NY

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On June 10, 2019, about 1340 eastern daylight time, an Agusta A109E helicopter, N200BK, was destroyed when it impacted the roof of a building in New York, New York. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the corporate flight, which was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The flight departed from the East 34th street heliport (6N5), New York, New York, about 1330 and was destined for Linden Airport (LDJ), Linden, New Jersey.

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Jun
21
2019

NTSB Final Report: Yabucoa, PR

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According to the helicopter pilot, he dropped off a lineman on top of a power line tower to install fiber lines. The lineman completed the task and informed the pilot by radio that he was ready to be picked up from the tower. While picking up the lineman, the pilot hovered next to the tower and signaled to the lineman that he was ready for him to transfer from the tower to the helicopter’s left skid. When the lineman reached out to attach his lanyard to the helicopter, the pilot felt the main rotor blades strike a fiber line that the lineman had just installed. The helicopter became controllable, and the pilot conducted a precautionary landing without picking up the lineman. After the pilot discussed the event with the lineman, the lineman raised the fiber line to a higher position on the tower and then the pilot picked him up.

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Jun
21
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Deer Trail, CO

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On June 8, 2019, about 1130 mountain daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N4504L, impacted terrain during a low altitude aerial application operation near Deer Trail, Colorado. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to CO Fire Aviation and operated by Scott Aviation as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed about 1120.

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Jun
11
2019

NTSB Final Report: Lihue, HI

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The pilot reported that, before the helicopter tour flight, he had briefed the passengers, but they still attempted to take cell phones onboard without cases. He then gave the passengers cases and attached them to their wrists. During the flight, while the helicopter was flying about 100 knots, the right-side passenger held her cell phone and case outside of the cabin into the airflow, which resulted in the cell phone and case without the strap exiting the helicopter and subsequently impacting the tail rotor.

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Jun
06
2019

NTSB Final Report: Rulo, NE

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According to the helicopter pilot, he was performing a night agricultural flight. During takeoff from a platform located on top of the tender, his collective application was too aggressive, and during the ascent, the engine sputtered. The engine rpm and main rotor rpm decreased, and he tried to regain the rpm by lowering the collective. The helicopter was moving forward and descending, so he applied aft cyclic to arrest the forward movement, and he attempted to land. The left skid touched down in the soft dirt, and the pilot applied aft cyclic to prevent a nose-over, but the main rotor blades struck the tailboom. The helicopter rolled forward, and its nose spun left before the helicopter came to rest on its left side.

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Jun
06
2019

NTSB Final Report: New Castle, IN

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According to the helicopter pilot, during an agricultural flight, he landed on the tender truck platform. The ground crewman connected a hose to fill the hopper, but he did not provide positive communication to the pilot regarding task completion. Consequently, "due to crew miscommunication," the pilot took off with the hose still connected to the helicopter. The tail rotor struck the hose, and the pilot lost tail rotor effectiveness. The helicopter entered an uncontrollable right spin, and the pilot lowered the collective. The helicopter descended, struck the ground, and then rolled over.

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Jun
03
2019

NTSB Final Report: Panama City, FL

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The float-equipped helicopter was in cruise flight at an airspeed of 80 knots and an altitude of 800 ft mean sea level when it slowly started losing airspeed. The commercial pilot responded by pushing the cyclic control forward, but the airspeed continued to decrease, and the helicopter began to lose altitude. The pilot continued to push the cyclic forward until it contacted the control stop; he then realized that he had no cyclic control authority. The helicopter descended with no forward airspeed until it impacted the water. The helicopter floated briefly until waves struck its side and it rolled inverted. Postaccident examination of the helicopter revealed that the main rotor blades were deformed, the fuselage was substantially damaged, and the tail boom was partially separated. Further, the ropes used to tie down the helicopter’s main rotor blades were found wrapped around the rotor head swashplate and pitch control rods.

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Jun
03
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Alpine, UT

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On May 17, 2019, about 1034 mountain daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R44 II helicopter, N744TW, impacted mountainous terrain about 4 miles north of Alpine, Utah. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to Tumbleweed Leasing CO INC. and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal cross-country flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed in the vicinity of the accident site about the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the pilot's residence near Myton, Utah about 0924 and was destined for South Valley Regional Airport (U42), Salt Lake City, Utah.

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May
24
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Kent Island, MD

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On May 4, 2019, about 1210 eastern daylight time, a Guimbal Cabri G2, N572MD, was destroyed when it impacted the Chesapeake Bay near Kent Island, Maryland. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The helicopter was registered to a corporation and operated by Monumental Helicopters as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and a special flight rules area flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated from Tipton Airport (FME), Fort Meade, Maryland, around 1130.

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May
24
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: New York, NY

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On May 15, 2019, at 1426 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206 L4 helicopter, N26BB, operated by Zip Aviation, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to the Hudson River while maneuvering for landing at the West 30th Street Heliport (JRA), New York, New York. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the repositioning flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

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