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NTSB Preliminary Report: Rifle, CO

 

Location:

Rifle, CO

Accident Number:

CEN20LA273

Date & Time:

07/11/2020, 0734 MDT

Registration:

N708AC

Aircraft:

Aerospatiale AS355

Injuries:

2 Serious

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation

On July 11, 2020, at 0734 mountain daylight time, an Aerospatiale AS355F1 helicopter, N708AC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Rifle, Colorado. The pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight.

According to the operator, their flight tracking program showed that the helicopter depart the Rifle Garfield County Airport (RIL), Rifle, Colorado, and was en route to perform a low altitude aerial observation flight of transmission/power lines. The flight track ended near the accident location after a 3 to 4 minute flight about one mile southwest of RIL. Witnesses, located on a distant roadway, reportedly observed the helicopter spinning before it turned nose-down and then impacted terrain. Local law enforcement stated that a postimpact fire consumed a majority of the helicopter. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Aerospatiale

Registration:

N708AC

Model/Series:

AS355 F1

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

AIRCAM NATIONAL HELICOPTER SERVICES INC

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

On-demand Air Taxi (135)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

RIL, 5536 ft msl

Observation Time:

0753 MDT

Distance from Accident Site:

1 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

17°C / -3°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

4 knots / , 10°

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

30.36 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Rifle, CO

Destination:

Rifle, CO

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Serious

Aircraft Damage:

Destroyed

Passenger Injuries:

1 Serious

Aircraft Fire:

On-Ground

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

2 Serious

Latitude, Longitude:

39.524167, -107.727222 (est)

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Aaron M Sauer

Additional Participating Persons:

Destin Hinton; FAA; Salt Lake City, UT

Note:

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





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