Friday, June 16, 2017

Bell 47G-2, N90529, registered to NorthLand Helicopters Inc and operated by Scott's Helicopters: Accident occurred June 15, 2017 in Hastings, Marshan Township, Dakota County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Missouri

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Northland Helicopters Inc:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA232
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Hastings, MN
Aircraft: BELL-TELLIJOHN 47G, registration: N90529
Injuries: 1 Serious, 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 June 15, 2017, about 1000 central daylight time, a Bell 47G helicopter, N90529, experienced a hard landing near Hastings, Minnesota. The pilot was seriously injured and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to NorthLand Helicopters Inc and operated by Scott's Helicopters, La Sueur, Minnesota under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and which operated without a flight plan.

According to preliminary information obtained by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector, after completing an aerial application, the helicopter entered in cruise flight for the return flight. The helicopter then experienced a loss of engine power. The helicopter descended and impacted terrain.

The helicopter was retained for further examination.

A pilot spraying insecticide suffered only minor injuries when the helicopter he was flying crashed Thursday morning in Dakota County, the sheriff’s office said.

The Bell 47 helicopter went down around 10:10 a.m. in a farm field near the intersection of 180th Street and Hwy. 61 in Marshan Township, just south of Hastings, said Sgt. Chris Melton.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, walked to an ambulance and was taken to a hospital, Melton said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the helicopter to drop from the sky and land in a potato field, said FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro.

He said the agency will send a team to the crash scene to investigate.

The rotorcraft was a total loss, Melton said.

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