Thursday, October 6, 2016

Bell UH-1H, Farm AG Enterprises LLC, N175SF: Accident occurred October 05, 2016 in Gila Bend, Maricopa County, Arizona


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA002
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 05, 2016 in Gila Bend, AZ
Aircraft: BELL UH 1H, registration: N175SF
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 October 5, 2016, about 0915 mountain standard time, a Bell UH-1H, N175SF, rolled over during a precautionary landing near Gila Bend, Arizona. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Farm Ag Enterprises, as an aerial application flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 137. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The local flight departed a private airstrip about two hours prior. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that he had just completed a series of passes over a cotton field, and was maneuvering the helicopter for the cleanup pass, when during the final right turn he heard a loud bang. He was then unable to maintain lateral control with the foot pedals, so he immediately initiated an autorotation. During the landing flare, the left skid made contact with the ground, and the helicopter rolled onto its left side.

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