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Jun
30
2020

NTSB Final Report: Groveland, FL

Posted by jhadmin

The student pilot reported that, during landing, the helicopter experienced a hydraulic failure. He added that he "overreacted" by making multiple commands to the cyclic, which resulted in a tail strike, followed by a hard landing and roll-over. The helicopter caught fire, and the student egressed through the left door. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and tailboom. According to Federal Aviation Administration inspectors who interviewed the pilot immediately following the accident, the pilot stated that he overreacted and that he did not accomplish the helicopter manufacturer's Hydraulic Failure emergency procedure because he "didn't want to let go of the cyclic or the collective to turn off the hydraulic pressure switch." The hydraulic pump and the hydraulic lines were damaged during the postaccident fire; therefore, the reason for the reported hydraulic failure could not be determined.

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May
18
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: Clewiston, FL

Posted by jhadmin

On May 3, 2020, about 1315 eastern daylight time, an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 helicopter, N1WT, made an emergency landing at Airglades Airport (2IS) in Clewiston, Florida. The pilot reported an inflight hydraulics anomaly, declared an emergency, and landed at Airglades Airport. The pilot reported no injuries and the helicopter was not substantially damaged. A postlanding inspection of the helicopter found the hydraulic pump belt had failed and the hydraulic pump was seized. The flight was conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 that began at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), landed at Palm Beach County Park Airport (LNA), and departed LNA for 2IS.

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Mar
07
2020

NTSB Final Report: Santa Maria Island, FL

Posted by jhadmin

The pilot reported that, while making a video of a boat, he flew the helicopter with the doors removed about 20 ft above the water and 3/4 mile offshore and saw seabirds ahead crossing right to left but he thought they would be not be a problem. Shortly after seeing the birds, he initiated a right turn to follow the boat, and while he was looking over his right shoulder, he felt an object, which he believed was a seabird, strike him in the back of the head. While dazed from the head strike, he flared to reduce speed, and the helicopter settled into the water. He then applied left lateral cyclic to stop the main rotor blade's rotation, and the helicopter rolled left and inverted in the water.

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Mar
05
2020

NTSB Final Report: Big Pine, FL

Posted by jhadmin

The pilot reported that, after the fourth aerial application flight of the day, he landed and positioned the helicopter near the autoloader boom truck. He reduced engine power to flight idle, and the ground crew began the loading process. He verified that the collective position was full down and the cyclic friction was on, and he then exited the helicopter to stretch while maintaining one hand on the cyclic. The pilot reported that, immediately after, while standing next to the helicopter, he heard two "loud bangs." He immediately boarded the helicopter, the ground crew secured the truck's boom, and the pilot shut down the engine.

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