Thursday, August 4, 2016

Airbus Helicopter AS350B3e, Air Methods Corp., N390LG: Accident occurred July 03, 2015 in Frisco, Colorado

A Year Later – He’s Out Of The Hospital; Flight For Life Nurse Burned Over 90% Of His Body
Dave Repsher at home.

Dave Repsher


Dave Repsher



FRISCO, Colo. (CBS4) – They were powerful steps, not taken lightly.

Dave Repsher has been through the most painful of treatments — for burns. This week, he walked out of a hospital to go home after more than a year of inpatient treatment.

Repsher is the Flight For Life nurse who barely survived the crash of a helicopter near the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center on Fourth of July weekend last year. The helicopter, with a mechanical problem, lifted off, then crashed only a few feet away.

A lawsuit by the families claims the helicopter had a malfunction in its tail rotor. Repsher was burned over 90 percent of his body.

The crash killed pilot Patrick Mahany. One other nurse was on board, Matt Bowe. His injuries were less severe than Repsher’s and he’s returned to work.

The battle to overcome the damage from burns has been a daily fight. His wife Amanda has been by his side. Repsher is a hero in the community; known for the many times he helped others. He has a reputation as a tough guy, burnished by his love of the outdoors and hockey.

The community gave back. Fundraising efforts in the community to help Repsher and his wife brought in money. A hockey tournament run by the charity Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation at Copper Mountain early this year brought in more.

Repsher’s medical issues are not resolved, but he’s home. He and Amanda walked out of the hospital hand-in-hand.

Repsher did it under his own power.

Source:   http://denver.cbslocal.com

PATRICK EDWIN MAHANY, JR.
DEC. 8, 1950 - JULY 3, 2015


AIR METHODS CORP:  http://registry.faa.gov/N390LG

FAA  Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Denver FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: CEN15FA290
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, July 03, 2015 in Frisco, CO
Aircraft: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS INC AS350B3E, registration: N390LG
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 3, 2015, at 1339 mountain daylight time, an Airbus Helicopter Inc. (formerly American Eurocopter) AS350B3e helicopter, N390LG, impacted the upper west parking lot 360 feet southwest of the Summit Medical Center helipad (91CO), Frisco, Colorado. A post-impact fire ensued. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Air Methods Corp and the flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on a company flight plan. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured and two flight nurses were seriously injured. The public relations flight was en route to Gypsum, Colorado.

According to Air Methods the helicopter was flying to the American Spirit of Adventure Boy Scout Camp near Gypsum, Colorado, for a public relations mission. Multiple witnesses observed the helicopter lift off from the ground-based helipad, rotate counterclockwise, and climb simultaneously. One witness estimated that the helicopter reached an altitude of 100 feet before it started to descend. The helicopter continued to spin counterclockwise several times before it impacted a parking lot and an RV to the southwest of the Flight for Life hangar and helipad. The helicopter came to rest on its right side, was damaged by impact forces, and was charred, melted, and partially consumed by fire.



   
  

















Schweizer 269C-1, Gulf Coast Helicopters, Inc., N1549W: Fatal accident occurred August 03, 2016 in Jeanerette, Iberia Parish, Louisiana

GULF COAST HELICOPTERS INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N1549W 

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


NTSB Identification: CEN16FA304
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 03, 2016 in Jenerette, LA
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 269C 1, registration: N1549W
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 3, 2016, about 1047 central daylight time, a Schweizer 269C-1 helicopter, N1549W, was substantially damaged after impacting trees and terrain during a low-altitude cross-country flight near Jeanerette, Louisiana. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Gulf Coast Helicopters, Inc.; Pearland, Texas, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 pipeline patrol flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had not been filed. The helicopter had departed Louisiana Regional Airport (L38), Gonzales, Louisiana, about 0730 and was destined for Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport (KPTN), Patterson, Louisiana.

The helicopter was completing a scheduled bi-weekly patrol of a series of intersecting pipelines. After the helicopter failed to arrive at KPTN the operator became concerned and notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An alert notice (ALNOT) was issued which directed an extensive communication search for the overdue, unreported, or missing aircraft.

Coordination between FAA air traffic control (ATC), the U. S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC), and volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), resulted in several volunteer CAP cell phone forensic specialists being able to track cell phone data and determine the general area of the most recent location of the pilot's cell phone. After an extensive airborne search by numerous aircraft, the crashed and partially submerged helicopter was found on the following day in a remote thickly wooded cypress swamp in the Atchafalaya Basin about 15 miles east from Jeanerette, Louisiana.

The closest official weather reporting station was at KPTN, located 17 miles south from the accident location. At 1021 the Automated Surface Observation System at KPTN, reported wind from 060 degrees at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 5,000 feet, scattered clouds at 12,000 feet, temperature 24 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 22 degrees C, with an altimeter setting of 30.09 inches of Mercury. Notations indicated the presence of lightning, thundershowers, and rain in the area.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.






GREAT FALLS -  Casey Clark, a 29-year old man originally from Great Falls, died in a helicopter crash in Louisiana on Wednesday.

Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal said that Clark was a pilot working for Gulf Coast Helicopters and was living in Pearland, Texas.

Ackal says Clark's family in Montana has notified. 

The Sheriff said the wreckage was found in the swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin, south of Baton Rouge, just after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, about 100 yards from the pipeline that Clark was flying over on Wednesday.

Clark was the only person on board and was doing pipeline inspections, the sheriff said. 

The wreckage was found nose down in the swamp, about 14 nautical miles east-northeast of Jeanerette, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA inspectors are on their way to the crash site, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. 

The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation. 

FAA records show the helicopter is registered to Gulf Coast Helicopters, Inc., a private helicopter rental company based in Pearland, Texas.  

A company representative who answered Gulf Coast Helicopter's emergency phone number said the company has no comment.  That representative declined to give his name and position.

The Federal Aviation Administration told KATC News that the helicopter was reported missing at around 4 p.m. Wednesday.  

Clark was flying from Gonzales to Patterson at the time.  


Story and video:  http://www.krtv.com




Sheriff Louis Ackal says that the body of the helicopter pilot has been identified as 29-year-old Casey Clark of Great Falls, Montana. Clark was a pilot working for Gulf Coast Helicopters and was living in Pearland, TX. Ackal says Clark's family, living in Montana, have been notified. 

UPDATE 6:20

Sheriff Louis Ackal says he and the coroner cannot confirm the identity of the helicopter pilot because the body's state.  Ackal says the coroner try to identify the pilot by a tattoo on his arm.  If that fails, the coroner will use dental records to confirm the pilot's identity.

COMPANY BACKGROUND

Gulf Coast Helicopter Inc. claims to have "accident free air services for over 32 years," on its website. 

Our investigative team checked that claim and, aside from yesterday's crash, found only one minor accident in the company's history. In 2000, a small plane owned by the company was substantially damaged when it nosed down during landing at a small airport south of Houston. The pilot was not injured, and investigators found that a gust of wind caused the pilot to overcorrect, lose control of the plane and bounce to a landing on its nose.

The company owns a fleet of 18 small planes and helicopters and has never been sued in Houston federal or local courts, nor has it ever been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

UPDATE: 11:45 

The body of the helicopter pilot has been found, Sheriff Louis Ackal said.

The body was found in the Atchafalaya Basin after the helicopter crashed Wednesday. The wreckage was found just after 9:30 a.m. this morning, and the body was found shortly afterward, the sheriff said. The pilot was the only person on board and was doing pipeline inspections, the sheriff said. 

The victim's identity has not yet been released. Authorities identify him as a 29-year-old male.  

The wreckage was found nose down in the swamp, about 14 nautical miles east north east of Jeanerette, the FAA said Thursday morning. FAA Inspectors are on their way to the crash, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation. 

The helicopter is owned by Texas-based Gulf Coast Helicopters, Inc.

UPDATE 9:55

According to Sheriff Louis Ackal the helicopter that crashed in the Atchafalaya basin Wednesday was discovered this morning.  Search crews are back out today looking for the pilot.  

UPDATE:

Right now, rescue crews are on the scene of a civilian helicopter crash in Iberia Parish.

According to Sheriff Louis Ackal, the crash happened in the Atchafalaya Basin in the Iberia Parish panhandle.  Ackal says at least one person is in the water.  He says Iberia and St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies, Wildlife and Fisheries agents, and Coast Guard officials are on the scene searching for wreckage and the people on board the helicopter.  Louisiana State Police is also joining the search, using their helicopter to track heat signatures in the water.

Initially, Sheriff Ackal said the helicopter involved was an Air Force helicopter.  However, FAA records show the helicopter is registered to Gulf Coast Helicopters, Inc., a private helicopter rental company based in Pearland, Texas.  Sheriff Ackal later told us that he was initially told the aircraft was a military helicopter, but he later learned that it was a privately-owned craft.

A company representative who answered Gulf Coast Helicopter's emergency phone number said the company has no comment.  That representative declined to give his name and position.

The Federal Aviation Administration tells KATC that the helicopter was reported missing around 4 p.m. Wednesday.  The helicopter was flying from Gonzales to Patterson when it went missing.  

Capt. Brian Vallier with the Louisiana wing of the Air Force Auxiliary says no civil air patrol personnel were on board the rotorcraft.

Story and video:  http://www.katc.com

Incident occurred August 03, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri



KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Kansas City Police Department’s helicopter made an emergency landing Wednesday night.

Police say the helicopter landed just before 8:30 p.m. on the intersection of Independence and Elmwood avenues.

KCTV5 spoke to a couple of young girls who were just getting out of church when they saw the helicopter up above.

"I was so scared," said Melanie Valdes, 13. "I thought it was going to hit the church; like fall on us. I was really scared. But when they told us no one was injured, we were like, all relieved and fine."

"They say that it was surprising because it didn't get any wires," said Jimena Ponce, 12. "And no one was hurt."

The pilots landed the helicopter upright. Police said a mechanical problem with the helicopter forced the emergency landing.

The intersections of Spruce to Van Brunt on Independence Avenue were closed. 

Story and video:   http://www.kfvs12.com

Air Tractor AT-301, N23923: Accident occurred August 02, 2016 in Weiser, Washington County, Idaho

http://registry.faa.gov/N23923

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boise FSDO-11


NTSB Identification: WPR16LA159
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 02, 2016 in Weiser, ID
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 301, registration: N23923
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 August 2, 2016, about 0930 mountain daylight time (MDT), an Air Tractor, AT 301, N23923, lost partial engine power near Weiser, Idaho. The airplane was operated by Beck's Flying Service under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 137. The airline transport pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence. The local agricultural application flight departed Weiser, Idaho, about 0920. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that after departing with a load of liquid sulfur he noted the cylinder head temperature was increasing but he attributed it to having a heavy load. He attempted to lighten the load by applying the sulfur to the field but noted that the cylinder temperature was continuing to increase, and engine power was decreasing. The pilot was able to jettison the remaining sulfur load and make a forced landing in to a field. During the landing the left wing impacted vegetation which caused the airplane to rotate, followed by the left main landing gear separating from the fuselage.

Post-accident examination revealed damage to the engine mounts and to the attach point for the left main landing gear.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N5203H: Accident occurred August 03, 2016 in Palm Springs, California

HANSEO USA LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N5203H

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Riverside FSDO-21


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA416
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 03, 2016 in Palm Springs, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N5203H
Injuries: 1 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.

The solo student pilot reported that during the landing roll, the airplane drifted to the right of the runway centerline and he applied left rudder to correct. He further reported that he decided to abort the landing and applied full power. Subsequently, the airplane veered to the left, departed the runway, and nosed over in rough terrain. The student pilot reported that the airplane remained at "full power" through the nose over. 

The vertical stabilizer and both wings sustained substantial damage.

The student pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

The Federal Aviation Administration Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge in part states: "To the pilot, "torque" (the left turning tendency of the airplane) is made up of four elements that cause or produce a twisting or rotating motion around at least one of the airplane's three axes. These four elements are:

1. Torque reaction from engine and propeller 2. Corkscrewing effect of the slipstream 3. Gyroscopic action of the propeller 4. Asymmetric loading of the propeller (P-factor)" It is likely that the student pilot did not counteract the left turning tendencies with sufficient right rudder after power was added to abort the landing.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during an aborted landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and a nose over in rough terrain.

Piper PA-28-161, Purdue Pilots Inc., N31862: Incident occurred August 03, 2016 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana

PURDUE PILOTS INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N31862

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Indianapolis FSDO-11

Date: 03-AUG-16
Time: 00:25:00Z
Regis#: N31862
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
City: LAFAYETTE
State: Indiana

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING WENT OFF THE RUNWAY AND STRUCK A TAXIWAY SIGN, LAFAYETTE, INDIANA.

Cessna 120, N72580: Accident occurred August 03, 2016 in Belen, Valencia County, New Mexico

http://registry.faa.gov/N72580

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA412
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 03, 2016 in Belen, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N72580
Injuries: 1 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.

The tailwheel endorsed pilot reported that he was practicing stop and go landing's in a make and model tailwheel-equipped airplane that he had never flown before. During the fourth stop and go, the pilot reported that during the landing roll at 35 miles per hour the airplane began to turn to the right and he attempted to correct. Subsequently, the airplane continued to the right, departed the runway, and ground looped. During the ground loop, the left main landing gear collapsed and the left wing was substantially damaged after the impact with terrain.

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion and a ground loop.

KIS TR-1, N660C: Incident occurred August 03, 2016 in Manassas, Virginia

http://registry.faa.gov/N660C

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Washington FSDO-27

Date: 03-AUG-16
Time: 13:25:00Z
Regis#: N660C
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: MANASSAS
State: Virginia

AIRCRAFT. EXPERIMENTAL KIS TR-1, WHILE ON RUNWAY, NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED, MANASSAS REGIONAL AIRPORT, MANASSAS, VIRGINIA.