Friday, August 19, 2016

Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV, N7898X, Acadiana Helicopter LLC: Accident occurred August 18, 2016 at Variable Bor Ram Heliport (3LA7), Broussard, Louisiana

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:
Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Baton Rouge FSDO-03 

Acadiana Helicopter LLC:
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA439
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Broussard, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: BELL 206 L4, registration: N7898X
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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.

According to the pilot of the skid-equipped helicopter, he was practicing landing on an 18 foot by 18 foot transport dolly. The pilot reported that during his second landing on the dolly, he landed on the aft end of the dolly and the helicopter slid backwards. He recalled that he heard and felt a thump, pulled pitch, and the helicopter ascended about 5 feet, yawed to the right and he initiated an autorotation and landed. He reported that the bottom of the skids showed scrape marks, "so I must have slid back off the dolly and hit the tail stinger." The tailboom and the vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with any portion of the helicopter during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operations.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to attain a proper touchdown point, which resulted in the helicopter sliding off the aft end of the transport dolly.

A helicopter made an emergency landing this afternoon, before the aircraft flew into  bad weather. 

According to the St. Martin Sheriff's officials, the pilot landed the helicopter in a field behind the St. Martin truck stop off of Highway 90.  No one was injured. 

Emergency officials are on the scene of a incident involving a helicopter just off of Highway 90 and Petroleum Parkway, behind the St. Martin truck stop.

No injuries are reported at this time. 


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