Saturday, June 10, 2017

Robinson R44, N590GG, Wagonhound Land and Livestock Co LLC: Accident occurred June 09, 2017 in Douglas, Converse County, Wyoming

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

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Casper, Wyoming

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Wagonhound Land and Livestock Co LLC:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA219
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 09, 2017 in Douglas, WY
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II, registration: N590GG
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 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 9, 2017, about 0820 mountain daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N590GG, impacted terrain near Douglas, Wyoming. The pilot and two passengers were not injured, the third passenger received serious injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged during the accident. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Wagonhound Land and Livestock Co, LLC, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Aviation Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. 

The pilot reported to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, that he was approaching cattle stockyards for a landing. He added that he was conducting a steep approach to avoid the disturbing the cattle, when the helicopter got hit with a tailwind. The helicopter then dropped, impacting terrain, before rolling over on its side. 

The wreckage was relocated to a secure facility for further examination.

A helicopter crash northwest of Douglas on Friday morning resulted in minor injuries, Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker said.

A couple of people were taken to the Converse County Memorial Hospital for treatment, Becker said.

A helicopter belonging to the Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co. was about to land at one of its ranches when the crash occurred near Wyoming Highway 93 about five-and-a-half miles north of Douglas, Becker said. The wind was blowing hard at the time, he added.

The Sheriff's Office, Converse County Volunteer Fire Department and an ambulance service responded to the scene, he said.

The helicopter appeared to sustain damage to the rotors, Becker said. He did not know the make or model of the helicopter.

The National Transportation Safety Board is on the way to investigate the crash, he said.

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