Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bell 429 GlobalRanger, New York City Police Department, N917PD: Accident occurred September 01, 2016 - Rikers Island, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York

Aviation Accident Factual Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Docket And Docket Items -  National Transportation Safety Board:

New York City Police Department:

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA313
14 CFR Public Aircraft
Accident occurred Thursday, September 01, 2016 in Rikers Island, NY
Aircraft: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON CANADA 429, registration: N917PD
Injuries: 6 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 pilot was landing the helicopter on a nose-up slope when he "noticed the helicopter started to tilt aft." As the pilot "immediately" increased collective pitch and applied forward cyclic to abort the landing, 3 of 4 main rotor blades struck the wire strike protection system on the cabin roof, which resulted in substantial damage to the blades. Representatives from the helicopter manufacturer inspected the helicopter, replaced the 3 damaged rotor blades, and the helicopter was returned to service. According to the pilot, there were no mechanical deficiencies with the helicopter that prevented normal operation.

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