Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Canadian Home Rotors Safari, N330JT: Accident occurred September 27, 2016 in Andover, Merrimack County, New Hampshire


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-65

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA330
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in Andover, NH
Aircraft: TATKOVSKY JAMES G SAFARI, registration: N330JT
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 September 27, 2016, about 1554 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Safari helicopter, N330JT, collided with trees and terrain during takeoff near Andover, New Hampshire. The airline transport pilot sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed by a postcrash fire. The helicopter was registered to and operated by a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal, local flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight which was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated to law enforcement while hospitalized that after liftoff the helicopter would not transition to cruise flight. When near or at the top of evergreen trees immediately adjacent to the departure location, the helicopter "went vertical" and he could not control it. The helicopter's tail impacted a tree and the helicopter then descended to the ground. The pilot exited the helicopter and a postcrash fire occurred.

Examination of the helicopter was pending recovery from the accident site.

ANDOVER, N.H. —A helicopter crashed Tuesday afternoon in Andover, injuring the pilot.

The FAA said that a Canadian Home Rotors Safari helicopter crashed about 4 p.m. in the area of 12 River's Edge Road as it was taking off from a private residence in Andover.

Officials said the pilot was able to call 911 himself, and he was able to get out of the helicopter on his own.

The helicopter crashed in some pine trees, but it was on the ground and on fire when emergency crews arrived. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in a short time.

The pilot was taken to a hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

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ANDOVER — A local man crashed his helicopter in the woods off River’s Edge Road Tuesday afternoon and walked away without serious injuries.

Fire Chief Rene Lefebvre said the man, who lives in Andover and has his own helicopter and landing pad, is believed to have taken off from his own pad but crashed soon after.

The helicopter struck some trees in the woods about 300 feet from a home at 15 River’s Edge Road sometime before 3:50 p.m., he said.

Lefebvre would not identify the pilot, as state police were handling the incident. But he said the man walked away from the crash and called 911 on his cellphone, saying he was suffering from burn injuries and possibly other other injuries.

A nearby homeowner also called 911 after hearing the crash, the chief said.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard the helicopter, was taken to Concord Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Lefebvre said.

“He really wasn’t hurt too badly,” he said. “But when you consider the mechanism that caused his injuries, that’s not so bad.”

The pilot told fire dispatchers that he had two full tanks of fuel aboard. Lefebvre said firefighters found the helicopter burning and put out the flames before they spread.

The helicopter was “badly damaged” and may be a total loss, Lefebvre said.

As town firefighters and police left the scene, authorities from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board had been notified. The NTSB will handle the investigation of the incident, Lefebvre said.

Lefebvre said he wasn’t sure why the helicopter struck the trees and crashed, but said the pilot should feel fortunate.

“The pilot said it was a bad day, but we think it’s a good day,” Lefebvre said. “Any day you can walk away from a helicopter crash is a good day.”

- Source: http://www.unionleader.com

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