Sunday, April 16, 2017

Eurocopter Deutchland GMBH MBB-BK-117 C-2, operated by Air Methods Corp, N145HN: Accident occurred April 26, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA265 
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/25/2017
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH MBB BK 117 C-2, registration: N145HN
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The accident flight, which was an on-demand air medical flight, was the second flight of the day following maintenance work that had been performed on the helicopter earlier that morning. The commercial pilot reported that the flight was uneventful but that, after landing, he noticed that the left vertical fin cowling had partially separated and contacted a tail rotor blade. Further examination of the helicopter revealed that the right vertical fin cowling remained secured but that 8 of the 11 fasteners on the left vertical fin cowling were unlocked, consistent with maintenance personnel not properly securing them following the maintenance work that was performed earlier that day.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
Maintenance personnel’s failure to properly secure the left vertical fin cowling during recent maintenance, which resulted in its separation and subsequent contact with the tail rotor system during flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Healthnet Aeromedical Services Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N145HN

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA265
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH MBB BK 117 C-2, registration: N145HN
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

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 April 26, 2016, about 1500 eastern daylight time, a Eurocopter Deutchland GMBH MBB-BK-117 C-2, N145HN, operated by Air Methods Corp, was substantially damaged during cruise flight to West Penn Hospital Heliport (PN80), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The commercial pilot, three crewmembers and one patient were not injured. The on-demand air medical flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Grafton City Hospital Heliport (22WV), Grafton, West Virginia, about 1430.

The pilot reported that the patient transfer flight was the second flight of the day, following maintenance work that was performed on the helicopter earlier that morning. The patient transfer flight was uneventful; however, after landing the pilot noticed that the left vertical fin cowling had partially separated and came in contact with a tailrotor blade. The pilot added that 8 of the 11 fasteners on the left vertical fin cowling were unlocked.

Examination of the tailrotor blade by representatives from the helicopter manufacturer revealed that the tailrotor blade had sustained substantial damage.

Examination of the helicopter by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the Dzus fasteners on the right vertical fin cowling remained secured while the Dzus fasteners on the left vertical fin cowling were unlocked, consistent with them not being properly secured by maintenance personnel following the maintenance work that was performed.

Additionally, the operator reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter.

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