Saturday, January 27, 2018

Beech A36 Bonanza, N777YF, Landsgaard Equipment Leasing LLC -and- Robinson R44 Raven II, N878BC: Accident occurred January 26, 2017 at Northern Colorado Regional Airport (KFNL), Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

N878BC  Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N878BC

Location: Longmont, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA087A
Date & Time: 01/26/2018, 1140 MST
Registration: N878BC
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On January 26, 2018, about 1140 mountain standard time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N878BC, and a Beech A36 airplane, N777YF, collided while on approach to the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (KFNL), Loveland, Colorado. The pilot in the helicopter sustained minor injuries and the pilot of the airplane was not injured. The helicopter was owned and operated by a private individual and the airplane was owned and operated by Landsgaard Equipment Leasing LLC. Visual metrological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

According to preliminary information, both aircraft collided near the end of runway 33 at KFNL. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N878BC
Model/Series: R44 II II
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFNL, 5015 ft msl
Observation Time: 1156 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots, 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.451944, -105.011389 (est)

N777YF  Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N777YF

Location: Longmont, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA087B
Date & Time: 01/26/2018, 1140 MST
Registration: N777YF
Aircraft: BEECH A36
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 26, 2018, about 1140 mountain standard time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N878BC, and a Beech A36 airplane, N777YF, collided while an approach to the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (KFNL), Loveland, Colorado. The pilot in the helicopter sustained minor injuries and the pilot of the airplane was not injured. The helicopter was owned and operated by a private individual and the airplane was owned and operated by Landsgaard Equipment Leasing LLC. Visual metrological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

According to preliminary information, both aircraft collided near the end of runway 33 at KFNL. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N777YF
Model/Series: A36 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:  LANDSGAARD EQUIPMENT LEASING LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFNL, 5015 ft msl
Observation Time: 1156 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots, 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  40.451944, -105.011389 (est)




Multiple agencies responded to a crash involving a plane and a helicopter shortly before noon Friday at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland.

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority crews responded to the crash and found a Robinson R44 helicopter crashed at the south end of the airport and a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza plane at the north end, according to Operations Chief Greg Ward.

The crash did not cause a fire, but the helicopter was leaking fluids, Ward said.

Two people were involved in the crash, one in each aircraft.

The helicopter pilot sustained injuries, Ward said, and Thompson Valley EMS transported the pilot to Medical Center of the Rockies. Airport Director Jason Licon said the injuries appeared to be minor.

"Fortunately everybody survived," Licon said.

Loveland police officers secured the area to allow the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the incident, and the airport's runways were closed during that time except to emergency traffic.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but the NTSB will issue a probability cause statement in the coming days, Licon said.

According to radio traffic from The Common Traffic Advisory Frequency for Northern Colorado Regional Airport, the helicopter pilot told the airplane pilot that he was conducting a "missed approach," which typically means a full-stop landing can't occur, so the pilot would be climbing along the runway heading but not landing. 

A few minutes into the recording, the plane pilot can be heard saying, "Are you stopping there, helicopter? Because I'm behind you and above you." 

The helicopter pilot responds, "Nope. ... I'm going to go down here, go down here two more feet, see how this is going to work, and then I'll be gone on the missed. Peddling as fast as I can."

The airplane pilot responds with "passing overhead."

Although initial reports indicated the crash occurred in midair, Ward said it later appeared that the collision occurred on the runway.

Debby Belasco, who works near the airport at Heska, said she and a co-worker saw the crash between a red helicopter and white plane occur while driving on the frontage road during their lunch break.

"They were both coming in at the same time to land," Belasco said. "I said to my friend, 'Oh my God, those two look like they're landing at the same time.'"

Belasco said it looked like the helicopter fell out of the sky, though they were both "pretty close to the ground" as the crash occurred. 

Story and video: https://www.coloradoan.com






Greg Ward, operations chief with Loveland Fire Rescue Authority



LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters responded late Friday morning to a collision on the runway at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport that serves Fort Collins and Loveland.

According to a messages tweeted by the airport, a plane and a helicopter collided on the ground at the facility. There was one person aboard each.

Airport director Jason Licon later confirmed the person piloting the helicopter was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

“It could have been much worse,” Licon said.

Video from Copter4 showed the helicopter laying on its side at the edge of the runway, its tail twisted and both rotors destroyed. The plane sat in the grass off the runway farther to the north.

“Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft both use the runway,” Licon said. “Helicopters follow the same procedures, utilize the same areas. They can take off from the ramps, but during testing of their instruments for flying in bad weather, they need to use the same approach (as planes).”

However, Licon noted, “We don’t know if the (helicopter) pilot was doing that (today).”

Neither craft, Licon said, is from the area.

Personnel from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Allen Kenitzer of the FAA said preliminary information at this time reveals the accident happened “when a Robinson R44 helicopter and a Beech BE36 Bonanza collided under unknown circumstances at the end of the runway in Loveland.”

The Northern Colorado Regional Airport re-opened at 3:48 p.m. after a closure of nearly four hours.

Story, video and photos:  http://denver.cbslocal.com

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