Friday, April 28, 2017

Schweizer 269C, Canyon State Aero LLC, N521AR: Accident occurred April 27, 2017 in Coolidge, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona
Lycoming Engines; Mesa, Arizona 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:


NTSB Identification: WPR17LA093
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Coolidge, AZ
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 269C, registration: N521AR
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 April 27, 2017, about 0945 mountain standard time, a Schweizer 269C, N521AR, sustained substantial damage subsequent to a hard landing near Coolidge, Arizona. The helicopter was operated by Canyon State Aero, LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. The cross-country instructional flight departed Falcon Field Airport (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona, about 0915 with a planned destination of Coolidge, Arizona. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that it was a training flight and that he was working towards a commercial certificate. The pilot reported that in level flight he noticed a change in the sound of the engine. He then noticed that the RPM dual tachometer was below the normal limit, and attempted to correct the anomaly by increasing the throttle with the twist grip. He noted there was no response to the RPM and he attempted to make a landing in the open desert. He flared just before touchdown, and the helicopter landed hard and rolled onto its right side. The pilot noted that he did not observe the rotor/engine tachometer needles split prior to landing.

The helicopter was recovered for further examination.

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Authorities say a Mesa police officer-in-training suffered a head injury when his helicopter had to make an emergency landing in San Tan Valley.   Police say the pilot was flying from Falcon Field to Coolidge when the helicopter was forced to land due to engine failure around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Rural Metro Fire officials say the pilot was the only person on board and wasn't seriously hurt despite the head injury. He was alert and conscious. The man's name wasn't immediately released.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, which left the helicopter with significant damage.

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