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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

Posted by jhadmin

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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May
15
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: St Jacob, IL

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On April 20, 2019, at 1930 central daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R66, N766WC, impacted an unmarked powerline and terrain during an aerial application of a field near St Jacob, Illinois. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The airline transport pilot received serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Skyline Helicopters LLC under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The local flight originated from St Jacob, Illinois at 1915.

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May
15
2019

NTSB Factual Report: Sula, MT

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The helicopter pilot reported that, after an aerial application flight, he set the bucket down in a pre-determined operations zone near a semi-truck loading hopper to be refilled. He added that another truck arrived to top off the semi-truck hopper, which emitted fertilizer dust that caused the pilot concerns for his deteriorating visibility. He advised the ground crew that he was going to move out of the operations zone temporarily.

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May
09
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Kailua, HI

Posted by jhadmin

On April 29, 2019, about 0910 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time (HST), a Robinson R-44 Helicopter, N808NV, impacted terrain in a residential neighborhood while maneuvering near Kailua, Hawaii. The commercial pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to United Helicopter Leasing, LLC, and operated by Novictor Aviation, LLC, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 air tour flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company VFR flight plan was opened. The flight originated from the Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL), Honolulu, Hawaii about 0854.

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May
08
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Clover, VA

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On April 6, 2019, at 2208 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R22 Beta, N4047H, was destroyed by a post-crash fire when it collided with terrain during departure from Alpha Hotel Airport (07VA), Clover, Virginia. The private pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter was privately owned and operated as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed.

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May
08
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Bradenton Beach, FL

Posted by jhadmin

On April 13, 2019, about 1220 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R22, N689M, was substantially damaged during impact with water while maneuvering near Bradenton Beach, Florida. The flight instructor and private pilot were not injured. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Buchan Airport (X36), Englewood, Florida, about 1100. The flight was destined to Clearwater Airport (CLW), Clearwater, Florida.

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May
01
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Dublin, GA

Posted by jhadmin

On April 15, 2019, at 0351 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206-L1+ helicopter, N395AE, sustained substantial damage when it made a hard landing after a total loss of engine power on takeoff from the Fairview Park Hospital Heliport (48GA), Dublin, Georgia. The airline transport rated pilot, flight nurse, and paramedic were not injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Air Evac EMS, Inc., as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 emergency medical services flight. Visual nighttime meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight destined for Macon, Georgia.

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May
01
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Fort McDowell, AZ

Posted by jhadmin

On April 16, 2019, at 0706 mountain standard time, a Bell 206B experimental helicopter, N61PH, impacted an alfalfa field, about 1 mile south of Fort McDowell, Arizona. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to TRE Aviation Corporation and operated by Van Horn Aviation, LLC for research and development flight testing under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The second leg of the test flight originated from Falcon Field (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona at 0632.

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Apr
29
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Omaha, NE

Posted by jhadmin

On April 16, 2019, at 0730 central daylight time, a Bell OH-58A helicopter, N109PD, impacted terrain during an autorotation following a partial loss of engine power near Omaha, Nebraska. The pilot and co-pilot were not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the Omaha Police Department as a public aircraft operations flight under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area at the time of the accident. The flight originated from the North Omaha Airport (3N0), Omaha, Nebraska, at the time of the accident and was destined for Blair, Nebraska.

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Apr
29
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Fort McDowell, AZ

Posted by jhadmin

On April 16, 2019, at 0706 mountain standard time, a Bell 206B experimental helicopter, N61PH, impacted an alfalfa field, about 1 mile south of Fort McDowell, Arizona. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to TRE Aviation Corporation and operated by Van Horn Aviation, LLC for research and development flight testing under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The second leg of the test flight originated from Falcon Field (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona at 0632.

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Apr
23
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Hauula, HI

Posted by jhadmin

On April 16, 2019, about 1100 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a McDonnell Douglas 369E helicopter, N593C, was substantially damaged following an autorotation to tree-covered terrain due to a loss of engine power about 1 mile west of Hauula, Hawaii. The commercial pilot and three passengers were not injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by K & S Helicopters under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135, on-demand flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from Turtle Bay Resort Heliport (HI58), Kahuku, Hawaii.

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Apr
15
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Montgomery, NY

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On March 30, 2019, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Bell 222, N222ML, was substantially damaged during a forced landing shortly after takeoff near Montgomery, New York. The private pilot was not injured, while one of the five passengers sustained minor injuries. No flight plan was filed for the local personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

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Apr
15
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Tampa, FL

Posted by jhadmin

On April 4, 2019, about 1416 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R44, N4046J, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a roadway near Tampa, Florida. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The passenger in a vehicle was fatally injured and the driver incurred minor injuries from flying debris. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the positioning flight, which was destined for Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Sarasota, Florida. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

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Apr
11
2019

NTSB Final Report: Spartanburg, SC

Posted by jhadmin

The private pilot of the experimental, amateur-built helicopter reported that he returned to the airfield after a local flight and was preparing to land. While flying about 4 ft above ground level at an indicated airspeed between 16 and 24 mph, he felt a shudder, and the helicopter yawed to the right. He straightened the helicopter with antitorque pedal inputs and did not recall hearing any engine noise, although the doors were removed. The next thing that he recalled was lying on the ground, with the helicopter leaking fuel. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the helicopter's main rotor blades were bent and the tailboom was severed. Postaccident examination of the helicopter, which included an engine run, did not reveal any evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. Although the pilot reported 46 total hours of helicopter flight experience, all in the make and model of the accident helicopter, he did not possess a rotorcraft rating at the time of the accident.

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Apr
11
2019

NTSB Final Report: Bella Vista, CA

Posted by jhadmin

The commercial pilot reported that, while making a left descending turn in the helicopter about 75 to 100 ft above a pond to set up for landing to a field, he heard three "pops," followed by the low rotor horn sounding and the caution light illuminating. The pilot assumed that the engine had lost power, and he immediately and abruptly lowered the collective, pulled aft on the cyclic, and rolled the throttle to full open. To avoid obstructions, he steepened the right turn. Realizing that the rotor rpm was below 50% and that the helicopter would not reach the field, he subsequently landed the helicopter on the pond; it then sank. The pilot was unsure if the engine was running or not

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Apr
11
2019

NTSB Final Report: Dennis, WV

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The commercial pilot was conducting long line operations in the helicopter, and he was flying it in an aft or left attitude with a higher nose-up attitude than normal flight to compensate for the load's drag. He then transitioned the helicopter to a 100-ft hover over a landing zone, and shortly thereafter, the helicopter experienced a total loss of engine power. Subsequently, the pilot initiated an autorotation, and during the landing, a main rotor blade contacted and severed the tailboom.

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Apr
05
2019

NTSB Factual Report: Keene, NH

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The helicopter pilot reported that while enroute, about 2 miles northeast from his destination airport, about 500 feet above ground level and 60 knots, he heard a loud "thud" from a possible bird strike and the upper right windscreen/canopy shattered, with pieces going into the main rotor disc and cabin. He continued to the airport and landed without further incident.

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Apr
01
2019

NTSB Final Report: Chalmers, IN

Posted by jhadmin

On March 14, 2017, at 1546 eastern daylight time, an MD Helicopters 369FF, N530KD, impacted terrain during a power line construction flight near Chalmers, Indiana. The commercial pilot was fatally injured, and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to a private individual and operated by Rogers Helicopters, Inc., under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 as an external load operation. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The helicopter departed from a staging area near the accident site about 1530 for the local flight.

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Apr
01
2019

NTSB Final Report: Dimmitt, TX

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The private pilot, who did not hold a rotorcraft rating, departed in the helicopter on a routine flight to check and observe crop fields, business facilities, and other business-related assets. A search was initiated when the pilot did not return from the flight, and the accident site was located in a field the following morning. There were no witnesses to the accident. Data obtained from an onboard GPS showed the helicopter making a series of turns at a low altitude above the field in which the wreckage was located. Examination of the helicopter did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions and there was no damage to nearby obstructions to suggest an in-flight collision.

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Mar
28
2019

NTSB Final Report: Entiat, WA

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The pilot reported that, while maneuvering the helicopter at low altitude for an agricultural application flight, an unsecured clipboard that was on the seat next to him fell and became lodged under the antitorque pedals. Unable to free the clipboard, the pilot chose to make a precautionary landing. About 5 to10 ft above ground level, the pilot lost tail rotor authority, and the helicopter began to rotate to the right. After about two rotations, he was able to land the helicopter. During the touchdown, the stinger folded into the tail rotor.

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Mar
28
2019

NTSB Final Report: Glendale, AZ

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The flight instructor and student pilot were practicing hovering autorotations when the cockpit filled with smoke. The helicopter had just touched down, so the flight instructor secured the cockpit and both he and the student egressed the helicopter with the engine still running. About 5 minutes later, the engine stopped.

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Mar
28
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Forks, WA

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On March 8, 2019, about 0705 Pacific standard time, a Bell UH-1B helicopter, N64RA, collided with mountainous terrain near Forks, Washington. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, tail boom, and drivetrain. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Iron Eagle Helicopters under provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133, as an external load operation. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the off airport local flight. The flight originated from a remote location and flew to the contracted logging site about 1/2 miles to the south-west.

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