Friday, June 10, 2016

Bell 47G-5, Hendrickson Flying Service Inc., N6203N: Accident occurred June 09, 2016 in San Benito, Cameron County, Texas

Kathryn's Report:


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA213
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, June 09, 2016 in Laurels, TX
Aircraft: BELL 47G 5, registration: N6203N
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 9, 2016, about 1630 central daylight time, a Bell 47G-5 helicopter, N6203N, was substantially damaged during a loss of control while performing agricultural spraying operations near Laurels, Texas. The pilot received minor injuries. The helicopter impacted a tree and the ground and sustained damage to the fuselage, landing gear, and main rotor system. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Hendrickson Flying Service, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The local flight originated at an unconfirmed time.

Authorities are investigating a crop duster helicopter crash in Los Fresnos.

The accident happened at approximately 5 o’clock this afternoon right behind private property, just a few feet away from hitting the home which is located on the intersection of FM 803 and fm 2893 in Los Fresnos.

Several agencies responded to the scene.

Officials from the Department of Public Safety tell Fox 2 News, the only person on board at the time of the accident was the pilot.

There were no injuries reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration will arrive tomorrow to investigate this accident.

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The Los Fresnos Fire Department responded to a helicopter crash Thursday afternoon near Los Fresnos.

Fire Chief Gene Daniels said the pilot reported the helicopter lost power and clipped a tree before it went down in the backyard of the home. Authorities were called to the scene at 4:50 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

“The pilot is fine. There was nobody on the ground, it didn’t hit the house. It (the helicopter) is just sitting on the ground,” Daniels said.

The fire chief said firefighters responded to the scene because of a small fuel and chemical spill.

“It was nothing major. The scene is secure,” Daniels said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to inspect the crash site today.

Daniels said the machine was a crop-dusting helicopter.

In April, another crop-dusting helicopter crashed, also outside of Los Fresnos. The helicopter in that crash snagged a power line, which caused it to go down. The pilot in the crash was critically injured.

Original article can be found here:

LOS FRESNOS, Texas -- A helicopter has crash landed near Indian Lake, in the Los Fresnos area. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio says "the crash landing happened a little after 5pm."

Sheriff Lucio also said "no one was injured." Texas Department of Public Safety is handling the investigation. DPS said "pilot claims engine trouble" for cause of the crash landing. Federal aviation administration will arrive tomorrow to investigate.

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