Monday, September 19, 2016

Helio H-295, Bursiel Equipment Inc., N6464V: Accident occurred September 16, 2016 at Seekins Strip, Beaver Creek, Alaska


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fairbanks FSDO-01

NTSB Identification: ANC16LA067
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, September 16, 2016 in Fairbanks, AK
Aircraft: HELIO H 295, registration: N6464V
Injuries: 2 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 16, 2016, about 0815 Alaska daylight time, a tundra tire-equipped Helio Courier H-295 airplane, N6464V, sustained substantial damage following a loss of control and subsequent runway excursion during takeoff from a remote, unimproved airstrip near Fairbanks, Alaska. The airplane was being operated by Wright Air Service, Fairbanks, Alaska, as a visual flight rules (VFR) on-demand commercial flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135. The certificated airline transport pilot and one passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a VFR flight plan had been filed. 

During an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on September 20, the pilot stated that as he initiated the takeoff everything seemed normal. About 300 feet into the takeoff roll the airplane veered sharply to the left, exited the airstrip and impacted brush and trees, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and left horizontal stabilator.

The initial examination of the airplane, reported by the pilot, revealed that the tailwheel separated from its attach point and folded underneath the empennage. A trench was visible in the airstrip's surface that began about 300 feet from the point where the takeoff roll was initiated and continued to where the airplane impacted the brush and trees. 

The closest weather reporting facility was Fairbanks International Airport, Fairbanks, Alaska, about 42 miles south of the accident site. At 0753, an aviation routine weather report (METAR) from Fairbanks Airport, was reporting in part: wind from 050 degrees at 4 knots; visibility, 10 statute miles; sky condition, broken clouds 5,500 feet, broken clouds 7,500 feet, broken clouds 15,000 feet; temperature, 39 degrees F; dew point 37 degrees F; altimeter, 29.36 inHG.

A detailed examination of the tailwheel assembly is pending.

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