Thursday, June 22, 2017

Eurocopter EC-130B-4 (AS-350B-4), N153GC: Accident occurred May 25, 2017 in Peach Springs, Mohave County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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

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

Registered Owner: XEBEC LLC

Operator Does Business As: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

http://registry.faa.gov/N153GC

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA344

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Peach Springs, AZ
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER EC130, registration: N153GC
Injuries: 1 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 of the helicopter reported that, after fueling the helicopter with the engine running, the ground crewman opened the front passenger door on the opposite side from the pilot. Upon unlatching the door, the ground crewman released the door, and it was blown open. The door separated from the door strut, and struck the main rotor damaging the blades.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

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