Friday, June 3, 2016

Bell 407, WellmontOne Air Transport / PHI Air Medical, N4999: Accident occurred June 03, 2016 in Mountain City, Johnson County, Tennessee

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

PHI Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N4999

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Nashville FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA202
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, June 03, 2016 in Mountain City, TN
Aircraft: BELL 407, registration: N4999
Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 3, 2016, about 1345 eastern daylight time, a Bell 407, N4999, operated by PHI Air Medical, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a parking lot, following a partial loss of engine power during initial climb near Mountain City, Tennessee. The commercial pilot incurred minor injuries. The two crewmembers and one patient were not injured. The on-demand air medical flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from the parking lot; destined to Johnson City Medical Center Heliport (TN91), Johnson City, Tennessee.

The pilot stated that during initial climb, about 125 feet above ground level, he heard a loud "bang" that was accompanied by a left yaw and rapidly increasing measured gas temperature. The pilot advised the crewmembers that he was rejecting the climb and landing immediately. The pilot further stated that he had to maneuver the helicopter right to avoid ground personnel, level the helicopter with cyclic control, and used all available collective to cushion the landing.

The helicopter was equipped with a Rolls Royce (Allison) 250-C47B, 650 horsepower turboshaft engine. Examination of the helicopter by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that it landed hard, which spread the skids and resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage. Initial examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions; however, the engine was retained for further examination.






MOUNTAIN CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed a medical helicopter crashed in the Laurel Bloomery area of Johnson County while picking up a patient Friday afternoon.

Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece confirmed a Wellmont helicopter was picking up a patient involved in a car crash on Highway 91.

The patient was loaded onto the helicopter, aircraft took off and was around 100 feet in the air when the motor reportedly stopped working.

The helicopter then came back down and crashed in a parking lot near the intersection of Highway 91 and Cold Springs Road.

The helicopter’s pilot was taken to a hospital.

The car crash patient was later loaded into another helicopter to be flown for treatment.

The following is a statement from Wellmont Health System officials in regards to the helicopter crash:

WellmontOne Air Transport was dispatched Friday, June 3, to Johnson County to transport a patient.

Soon after liftoff, the pilot, an employee of PHI Air Medical, which owns and operates the aircraft, identified a mechanical condition that required immediate landing. He executed emergency procedures to bring the aircraft to the ground, limiting risk to the passengers and damage to the aircraft.

Another emergency medical services agency continued the patient’s transport to the hospital. Additionally, the pilot was taken to a nearby medical facility after sustaining nonlife-threatening injuries.

Wellmont and PHI Air Medical are reviewing this matter to determine exactly what happened and are cooperating with all authorities. We are grateful for the quick actions of the crew, which demonstrated their extensive training, and are relieved that all are safe.”

Around 5:15 p.m. Friday, Wellmont officials sent an update saying “the pilot of the WellmontOne Air Transport helicopter has been evaluated and released from the nearby medical facility where he was taken.”

Original article can be found here: http://wjhl.com





According to a statement by Wellmont Health System and PHI Air Medical, the pilot identified a mechanical condition soon after liftoff. The pilot executed emergency procedures to bring the helicopter to the ground, limiting risk to the passengers and damage to the helicopter.

The helicopter was picking up an injured person from a car crash on Highway 91. An officer heard three pops and saw the helicopter coming down.

The pilot sustained non life-threatening injuries and has been evaluated and released from a medical facility.

The person from the car accident was transported to the hospital, but there is no word on that person's condition.

A third person in the helicopter was not hurt.

The crash is under investigation The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to arrive later Friday.

Wellmont Health System and PHI Air Medical issued the following statement:

WellmontOne Air Transport was dispatched Friday, June 3, to Johnson County to transport a patient. 

Soon after liftoff, the pilot, an employee of PHI Air Medical, which owns and operates the aircraft, identified a mechanical condition that required immediate landing. He executed emergency procedures to bring the aircraft to the ground, limiting risk to the passengers and damage to the aircraft.

Another emergency medical services agency continued the patient’s transport to the hospital. Additionally, the pilot was taken to a nearby medical facility after sustaining nonlife-threatening injuries.  

Wellmont and PHI Air Medical are reviewing this matter to determine exactly what happened and are cooperating with all authorities. We are grateful for the quick actions of the crew, which demonstrated their extensive training, and are relieved that all are safe.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.wcyb.com

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