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NTSB Preliminary Report: Mehama, OR

 

Location:

Mehama, OR

Accident Number:

WPR20LA224

Date & Time:

07/17/2020, 0854 PDT

Registration:

N2297W

Aircraft:

Hiller UH 12D

Injuries:

1 Fatal

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 137: Agricultural

On July 17, 2020, at about 0854 Pacific daylight time, a Hiller UH-12D helicopter, N2297W, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Mehama, Oregon. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 137 aerial application flight.

There were no witnesses to the accident. The support truck operator reported that the helicopter departed from the truck and flew towards the next field. Shortly after departing the truck operator heard the pilot report over the radio that he was "going down."

The helicopter impacted patch of tall trees in between Christmas tree fields. The helicopter came to rest upside down at the base of a tree. A post impact fire ensued and completely consumed the cabin area and engine compartment. The trees slightly west of the accident site were topped.

The operator reported that the turbine section of the engine had been removed and reinstalled three times in the past month due to continued problems with the engine. After final repairs, about a week before the accident, the helicopter was returned to service.

The helicopter has been recovered for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Hiller

Registration:

N2297W

Model/Series:

UH 12D No Series

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

Western Helicopters

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Agricultural Aircraft (137)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

SLE, 213 ft msl

Observation Time:

0856 PDT

Distance from Accident Site:

18 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

19°C / 13°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Scattered / 2000 ft agl

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

4 knots / , 320°

Lowest Ceiling:

Overcast / 3800 ft agl

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

30.09 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Mehama, OR

Destination:

Mehama, OR

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Fatal

Aircraft Damage:

Destroyed

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

On-Ground

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 Fatal

Latitude, Longitude:

44.794722, -122.619167

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Samantha A Link

Additional Participating Persons:

Elaine Soule; Federal Aviation Administration; Hillsboro, OR

Note:

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





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