Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III, N213TV, registered to LIN Television Corporation and operated by WQRE TV 13: Fatal accident occurred September 16, 2017 in Ancho, Lincoln County, New Mexico

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rolls-Royce Corporation; Indianapolis, Indiana
Bell Helicopters; Hurst, Texas

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

LIN Television Corporation: http://registry.faa.gov/N213TV

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA355
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Ancho, NM
Aircraft: BELL 206L 3, registration: N213TV
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 16, 2017 about 1630 mountain daylight time, a Bell 206L-3 helicopter N213TV, impacted terrain near Ancho, New Mexico. The commercial rated pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to LIN Television Corporation, Providence, Rhode Island, and operated by WQRE, TV 13, Albuquerque, New Mexico, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business fight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. 

The initial report indicated that the pilot had flown to the Carlsbad area, to conduct a news story. The pilot spent the night there and was on the return flight. A person, located near a cattle ranch, saw smoke and drove over to investigate. The person then notified authorities of the crash.

The on-site examination of the wreckage revealed the helicopter impacted in open ranch land. Ground scars and signatures were consistent with a slight nose low impact with terrain, with wreckage spread along path, several hundred feet in length. All major components were located at the wreckage site. A post-crash fire consumed the major of the main cabin wreckage.

After the initial on-site documentation of the wreckage, the helicopter was recovered to a secure facility, for further examination.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov 




ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A longtime reporter-videographer at an Albuquerque TV station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed in central New Mexico, authorities said Sunday.

Bob Martin, 64, was pronounced dead at the crash scene Saturday night, according to New Mexico State Police.

KRQE-TV said Martin worked for the station for more than 20 years, frequently shooting, writing and editing stories. It was not immediately clear whether Martin was headed to cover a story when the crash happened.

"He was behind, or above, some of the biggest news stories on KRQE for the last three decades," station manager Bill Anderson said in a statement. "Yet he was rarely around for the high fives because he was already on to the next news story."

KRQE said the helicopter crashed about 4:30 p.m. Saturday in rugged terrain north of Carrizozo, about 150 miles southeast of Albuquerque.

State Police said it was notified of a downed aircraft shortly after 5 p.m. and found the remnants of the helicopter and its sole occupant.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating the cause of the crash, police said.

Martin graduated from New Mexico's Socorro High School and earned a mass communications and journalism degree at Eastern New Mexico University, KRQE said.

Martin often covered wildfires. He won two Rocky Mountain Emmys and several Albuquerque Press Club awards for his reporting and documentary work, the station said.

Martin also reported from combat zones about New Mexico-based military troops and civilians deployed to hotspots including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Panama, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Martin was a commercial helicopter and airplane pilot, had an expert sport skydiver's license and enjoyed scuba diving.

KRQE did not immediately provide details about Martin's survivors or funeral plans.


http://www.newsday.com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime reporter-videographer at an Albuquerque TV station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed in central New Mexico, authorities said Sunday.

Bob Martin, 64, was pronounced dead at the crash scene Saturday night, according to New Mexico State Police.

KRQE-TV said Martin worked for the station for more than 20 years, frequently shooting, writing and editing stories. It was not immediately clear whether Martin was headed to cover a story when the crash happened.

“Here at KRQE, we all had great respect for Bob and cherished his friendship,” the station said on its website Sunday morning.

KRQE said the helicopter crashed about 4:30 p.m. Saturday in rugged terrain north of Carrizozo, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Albuquerque.

State Police said it was notified of a downed aircraft shortly after 5 p.m. and found the remnants of the helicopter and with its sole occupant.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating the cause of the crash, police said.

Martin graduated from New Mexico’s Socorro High School and earned a mass communications and journalism degree at Eastern New Mexico University, KRQE said.

Martin often covered wildfires. He won two Rocky Mountain Emmys and several Albuquerque Press Club awards for his reporting and documentary work, the station said.

Martin also reported from combat zones about New Mexico-based military troops and civilians deployed to hotspots including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Panama, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Martin was a commercial helicopter and airplane pilot, had an expert sport skydiver’s license and enjoyed scuba diving.

KRQE did not immediately provide details about Martin’s survivors or funeral plans.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://wtop.com

Robert Franklin Martin 


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A longtime reporter at an Albuquerque TV station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed in central New Mexico, authorities said Sunday.

Bob Martin, 64, was pronounced dead at the crash scene Saturday night, according to New Mexico State Police.

KRQE-TV said Martin worked for the station for more than 20 years, frequently shooting, writing and editing stories. It wasn’t immediately clear if Martin was headed to cover a story at the time of the crash.

“Here at KRQE, we all had great respect for Bob and cherished his friendship,” the station said on its website Sunday morning.

KRQE said the helicopter crashed about 4:30 p.m. Saturday in rugged terrain north of Carrizozo, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Albuquerque.

State Police said it was notified of a downed aircraft shortly after 5 p.m. and found the remnants of the helicopter along with its sole occupant.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating the cause of the crash, police said.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.therepublic.com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a fatal helicopter crash in New Mexico.

State Police have confirmed that it is our KRQE news helicopter and our pilot and friend Bob Martin.

The crash occurred north of Carrizozo around 4:30 p.m., Saturday.

Here at KRQE we all had great respect for Bob and cherished his friendship.

Our thoughts are with Bob’s family.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://krqe.com

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