Monday, June 12, 2017

Hughes 269C, N7482F, Wade and Son Inc: Accident occurred June 10, 2017 at Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport (KTVR), Madison Parish, Louisiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:
Wade and Son Inc:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA229
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Tallulah, LA
Aircraft: HUGHES 269C, registration: N7482F
Injuries: 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 10, 2017, about 1320 central daylight time, a Hughes 269C helicopter, N7482F, was substantially damaged during a ground resonance event at the Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport (TVR), Tallulah, Louisiana. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was registered to Wade and Son, Inc., and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported that when he increased engine power for liftoff the helicopter entered ground resonance. He reduced engine power and lowered the collective. He subsequently shut the helicopter down.

The helicopter came to rest upright on the airport ramp. An initial postaccident examination revealed that the engine had partially separated from the airframe and the main rotor gearbox had separated from the rear bulkhead during the event.

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