Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hughes 369A, N50MP, Lyft LLC: Accident occurred September 02, 2017 near Burnet Municipal Airport-Kate Craddock Field (KBMQ), Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

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

Lyft LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N50MP

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA336 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 02, 2017 in Burnet, TX
Aircraft: HUGHES 369A, registration: N50MP
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor, 2 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 September 2, 2017, about 1645 central daylight time, a Hughes 369A helicopter, N50MP conducted an autorotation near Burnet, Texas. The pilot and one passenger were not injured, one passenger received minor injuries, and one passenger received serious injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged during the landing. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Lyft, LLC, Missoula, Montana, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. 

According to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot and three passengers were conducting aerial hog hunt operations. The helicopter was en route to the Burnet Municipal Airport-Kate Craddock Field Burnet Municipal airport (KBMQ), Burnet, Texas, when the engine lost power. The pilot conducted an autorotation to a road; however, the helicopter landed hard, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and tailboom. 

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The pilot of a private helicopter made an emergency landing with no loss of life not far from Kate Craddock Field in Burnet Saturday, Sept. 2.

The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. when the aircraft, a Hughes 369 A, lost power, according to reports attributed to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The helicopter came to rest on its side by US 281 about 200 feet south of the entrance to Delaware Springs. Two occupants went by ambulance to the hospital with injuries described as “non-life threatening,” one with a possible broken ankle. Two others, including the pilot were uninjured, said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson.

“The Department of Public Safety works all airplane and helicopter crashes, even within the city, but we were assisting on the scene,” said Nelson.

The Burnet Fire Department covered the copter with fire-retardant foam.

“It took about four hours to clear the scene,” said Nelson. “We diverted traffic to different lanes to keep it going. Only the southbound lane was blocked.”


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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