Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bell 206B, N93PH, registered to and operated by Provine Helicopter Service Inc: Accident occurred November 07, 2017 in Rolling Fork, Sharkey County, Mississippi

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Provine Helicopter Service Inc:

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA029
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 07, 2017 in Rolling Fork, MS
Aircraft: BELL 206, registration: N93PH
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 November 7, 2017, about 0930 central standard time, a Bell 206B helicopter, N93PH, landed hard after experiencing an unexpected "yaw" near Rolling Fork, Mississippi. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom, and the pilot sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to, and operated by, Provine Helicopter Service Inc., as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from a nearby staging area about 0900.

The pilot reported that he was spraying a bayou when he felt the helicopter yaw. He climbed over the surrounding trees, but the helicopter didn't have enough power to sustain flight; therefore, he landed it in a field below. The helicopter landed hard and the main rotor blades severed the tailboom before the helicopter came to rest on its right side. 

The helicopter has been moved to a secure location for further examination.

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