Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Helio H-295-1400 Super Courier, Bursiel Equipment Inc., N68857: Accident occurred September 26, 2016 in Delta Junction, Alaska

BURSIEL EQUIPMENT INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N68857

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fairbanks FSDO-01

NTSB Identification: ANC16LA071
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Sunday, September 25, 2016 in Delta Junction, AK
Aircraft: HELIO H-295, registration: N68857
Injuries: 1 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 September 25, 2016, about 1600 Alaska daylight time, a tundra tire-equipped Helio Courier H-295 airplane, N68857, sustained substantial damage following a runway excursion during takeoff from a remote, unimproved airstrip about 35 miles southwest of Delta Junction, Alaska. The certificated airline transport pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane sustained no injury. The airplane was registered to Bursiel Equipment, Inc., Fairbanks, Alaska, and was being operated by Wright Air Service, Fairbanks, as a visual flight rules (VFR) on-demand commercial flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a VFR flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from the Fairbanks International Airport, Fairbanks, about 1500. 

During a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge on September 26, the pilot stated that airplane landed at the 800-foot gravel airstrip near the East Fork of the Little Delta River about 1540 to transport moose meat for a customer to Fairbanks. The moose meat was weighed before being loaded into the airplane. The pilot stated that as he initiated the takeoff, everything appeared normal. The airplane became airborne and about two-thirds down the airstrip, lost lift, and settled back onto the airstrip. The pilot was unable to stop the airplane and the airplane departed the airstrip straight ahead. Following the airstrip excursion, the empennage impacted terrain, and the airplane came to rest in a creek bed. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and the rudder.

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

The closest weather reporting facility was the Allen Army Airfield, Fort Greely, Alaska, about 35 miles northeast of the accident site. At 1559, an Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR) was reporting in part: wind, calm; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition, scattered clouds 1,300 feet, broken clouds 3,200 feet; temperature 37 degrees F; dew point 36 degrees F; altimeter 29.93 inHg.

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