Thursday, September 28, 2017

Eurocopter AS-350B-2, N515ET, Chaparral Air Group: Accident occurred September 27, 2017 at Fullerton Municipal Airport (KFUL), Orange County, California

Chaparral Air Group: 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA562
14 CFR Public Aircraft
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Fullerton, CA
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER AS 350, registration: N515ET

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Rotorcraft crashed under unknown circumstances on runway 24 while hovering.

Date: 27-SEP-17
Time: 17:05:00Z
Regis#: N515ET
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: AS350
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
Flight Number: FLINT34

FULLERTON – A practice maneuver went awry Wednesday morning and led to a helicopter's hard landing at Fullerton Airport, which prompted emergency personnel to respond but no one was hurt, authorities said.

An experienced pilot, accompanied by another pilot who is a training instructor, was attempting a maneuver at 10 a.m. in which the helicopter’s hydraulic system is shut off while it hovers 3-feet off of the ground, said Kathy Schaefer, a division chief for the Fullerton and Brea fire departments.

The helicopter started spinning and the training pilot, who has 30 years of years of experience, took over the controls, shut the helicopter’s engine off and landed on the runway.

The pilot who was originally behind the control was undergoing annual training.

A small amount of fuel leaked from the Long Beach-based helicopter following the hard landing. The impact sheared off the helicopter’s tail.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident, Schaefer said.

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