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NTSB Preliminary Report: Coconut Creek, FL



Coconut Creek, FL

Accident Number:


Date & Time:

06/25/2020, 1200 EDT




Bell 206


1 Serious

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load

On June 25, 2020, about 1200 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206-L1 helicopter, N5013G, was involved in an accident at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, Florida. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133.

According to the owner/operator and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspectors on site, the purpose of the flight was for the pilot to perform external load operations with a 100-ft long line over wooded terrain. The external loads lifted and placed by the helicopter included bags of stone and sections of pipe for a drainage project inside the park.

In a written statement, the pilot stated he checked "fuel status and aircraft systems" prior to hovering the load into position. At that time, he estimated "between 65 and 70 pounds [of fuel], telling me I had approximately 10-15 minutes of operational time remaining to complete the load." The pilot hovered the helicopter to maintain a 4-foot load height "to assist the ground crew with releasing the material from the bag." He said the task focused "all of his attention" when he heard the "sound of my engine flame out/failing and complete loss of power to maintain flight." The pilot said that he maneuvered the helicopter into the wind and away from the ground crew for the forced landing and made a full collective application prior to entering the trees.

The helicopter came to rest upright with substantial damage to the fuselage and tailboom.

According to FAA records, the helicopter was manufactured in 1979 and was powered by a Rolls-Royce 250 C30P 650 shaft -horsepower, turbo-shaft engine. Its most recent 100-hour inspection was completed January 17, 2020 at 17,638.8 total aircraft hours.

At 1955, the weather recorded at Pompano Beach Airpark (6A2) 4 miles southeast of the accident site included few clouds at 2,100 feet and winds from 100 degrees at 7 knots.

The helicopter was examined by an FAA aviation safety inspector at the site immediately after the accident. There was no odor of fuel, and no evidence of fuel spillage at the scene. The extended-range fuel device was removed, and visual inspection of the fuel tank revealed no fuel. The inspector then sumped the fuel system per the manufacturer's Rotorcraft Flight Manual and recovered no fuel. During recovery of the helicopter, the recovery crew inserted a defueling hose in the main tank and activated a pump to recover all residual fuel and no fuel was recovered. Control continuity was confirmed through some fractures to all flight control surfaces. The fractures displayed features consistent with overstress.

The helicopter was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:





206 L1

Aircraft Category:


Amateur Built:





Hmc Lift Llc

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Rotorcraft External Load (133)


Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:


Observation Facility, Elevation:

KPMP, 19 ft msl

Observation Time:

1553 UTC

Distance from Accident Site:

4 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

31°C / 25°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Few / 2100 ft agl

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

7 knots / , 100°

Lowest Ceiling:



10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

30.14 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:


Departure Point:

Coconut Creek, FL


Coconut Creek, FL


Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Serious

Aircraft Damage:


Passenger Injuries:


Aircraft Fire:


Ground Injuries:


Aircraft Explosion:


Total Injuries:

1 Serious

Latitude, Longitude:

26.263611, -80.100000 (est)


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Brian C Rayner

Additional Participating Persons:

Derrick D Mayberry; FAA/FSDO; Miramar, FL

Mark Stuntzner; Bell; Ft. Worth, TX

Nick Shepler; Rolls-Royce; Indianapolis, IN


The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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