Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bell 206B, N24FS, Pauly's Helicopter Services Inc: Accident occurred May 26, 2017 in Rockville, Idaho

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

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

Pauly's Helicopter Services, Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N24FS

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA113
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, May 26, 2017 in Rockville, ID
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N24FS
Injuries: 1 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 26, 2017, about 1044 mountain daylight time, a Bell 206B, N24FS, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing near Rockville, Idaho. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant of the helicopter, was seriously injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Pauly's Helicopter Services Inc., Ontario, Oregon, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from a private staging area about 5 minutes prior to the accident.

The pilot reported that after the helicopter was reloaded with chemical, he proceeded to a nearby field to begin an aerial application. The pilot said that he performed two application passes, one to the north, and the second to the south. As he performed a 180-degree turn at an altitude of about 40 to 50 feet above ground level (agl), he heard a grinding noise immediately followed by a loud bang and subsequent loss of power. The pilot stated that he immediately initiated an autorotation landing to a nearby field, however, did not have enough forward airspeed and rotor rpm to flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

Examination of the helicopter by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the tailboom was structurally damaged. The helicopter was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

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