Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bell OH-58A (206). Tri Rotor Spray & Chemical Inc., N588MP: Accident occurred July 10, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona


FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA372
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Surprise, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: BELL OH 58, registration: N588MP
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of an aerial application helicopter reported that after spraying a field he noticed that he missed a portion of the field. The pilot further reported that he maneuvered at a low altitude to the south end of the field, made a quick right turn to the north, dove into the field at approximately 45 knots, flew into his own vortices, and impacted the terrain.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
While at a low altitude, the pilot's decision to do an abrupt descending right downwind turn which resulted in flying through his own vortices and an impact with terrain.

WADDELL, AZ - The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are on the scene of a helicopter down in Waddell Sunday afternoon.

It happened near Olive and Sarival avenues around 12:30 p.m.

MCSO says the pilot suffered life-threatening injuries and is being transported to the hospital.

Officials later upgraded the pilot's condition, saying he was expected to survive.

The helicopter is believed to be a crop-dusting helicopter.

No other people were believed to be onboard at the time. No word yet what caused the helicopter to go down, or the extent of the damage.

Story and video:

A crop-dusting helicopter crashed in Waddell on Sunday afternoon, leaving the pilot with life-threatening injuries, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. 

The helicopter went down in the area of Olive and Sarival avenues in the Waddell area west of Phoenix.

Chris Hegstrom, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said that the pilot was the only passenger in the aircraft. He was initially reported with minor injuries, but was transported to the hospital with what have been determined to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Original article can be found here:

WADDELL, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) -   A pilot suffered life-threatening injuries after his crop-dusting helicopter went down in a farm field in the West Valley Sunday afternoon, Maricopa County sheriff's spokesman Chris Hegstrom said.

"According to initial reports, the pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft," Hegstrom said. 

Sheriff's deputies and other first responders were at the scene near Olive and Sarival avenues.

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