Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bell 47G-2A, N9526: Accident occurred August 20, 2017 in St. Marys, Elk County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N9526

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA285
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 20, 2017 in St Marys, PA
Aircraft: BELL 47G, registration: N9526
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 August 20, 2017, at 1200 eastern daylight time, a Bell 47G-2A, N9526, was substantially damaged during a hard landing at St Marys, Pennsylvania. The student pilot was not injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local, solo-instructional flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated at St Marys Municipal Airport (OYM), St Marys, Pennsylvania about 1030.

The pilot reported that he had been flying in the local area for about 90 minutes when the engine abruptly stopped running. He selected a small, grass lot to perform an autorotation. During the touchdown, the helicopter landed hard. He egressed from the helicopter and was assisted by first responders.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration reported that the helicopter came to rest upright in a grassy lot, about 2.6 miles west of OYM. The fuselage was structurally damaged. The landing gear skids were spread and forced up, against the fuselage. The main rotor blades were bent. There was no fire.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.



ST. MARYS – Emergency crews were called to the scene of a helicopter crash in Elk County Saturday.

Elk County dispatchers said a private helicopter crashed along South St. Mary’s Street behind a NAPA Auto Parts store. The crash occurred just after noon.

There were two occupants in the helicopter. Neither were injured, St. Marys police said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the crash site and is investigating, dispatchers said.

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