Monday, January 15, 2018

Hughes 369HM, N4QX, owned and operated by Vista One Inc: Fatal accident occurred January 15, 2018 in Perrysburg, Wood County, Ohio

Jeffrey Lysle Fluharty 

Tyson Snyder

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio
Boeing; Mesa, Arizona
MD Helicopters Inc; Mesa, Arizona
Rolls-Royce; Indianapolis, Indiana 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Vista I Inc:

Location: Perrysburg, OH
Accident Number: CEN18FA074
Date & Time: 01/15/2018, 1140 EST
Registration: N4QX
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On January 15, 2018, about 1140 eastern standard time, a MD Helicopters Inc. 369HM helicopter, N4QX, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Perrysburg, Ohio. The commercial pilot and crew member were fatally injured. The helicopter was owned and operated by Vista One Inc. The aerial observation flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The local flight departed Wood County Airport (1G0), Bowling Green, Ohio, at an undetermined time.

According to Vista One Inc., the pilot departed in the accident helicopter from the company base at the Wayne County Airport (KBJJ), Wooster, Ohio, on the morning of the accident. The pilot flew to 1G0 to pick up the crew member, fueled the helicopter, and then departed on the accident flight. The accident flight was the first leg of aerial inspections on the transmission towers for the Toledo Edison power grid. The team was scheduled to conduct aerial inspections for the next four weeks.

A witness, located just south of the accident site, observed the helicopter descend "at an angle" before it impacted terrain. The wreckage came to rest about 120 feet west of the power lines. There was no evidence that the helicopter impacted either the power lines or the transmission towers. Ground scars and damage to the helicopter were consistent with the helicopter impacting terrain in a near vertical attitude. The helicopter rolled during the impact and came to rest on its left side. The main wreckage included the fuselage, tailboom, and main rotor system. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MD HELICOPTERS INC
Registration: N4QX
Model/Series: 369HM
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: VISTA I INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft External Load (133) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bowling Green, OH
Destination: Bowling Green, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.501667, -83.445278 (est)

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

WOOSTER, OH - As federal authorities try to determine the cause of a deadly helicopter crash outside Toledo, the family of the pilot says their only solace is that the Wooster native was doing exactly what he always wanted to do.

The mother of 32-year-old Tyson Snyder told Fox 8, "He wanted to try anything dangerous from a very young age and he lived up to that with his choices in vocation and in the military."

According to Julie Snyder, her son loved the challenge of his job as a helicopter pilot inspecting power lines. “He really loved it and he was good at his job, he was good at flying helicopters. It was his passion and he got to fulfill his passion," said Mrs, Snyder.

Tyson Snyder and a colleague, 62-year-old Jeff Fluharty, were killed on Monday, when their chopper crashed in a farm field, just south of the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County. First Energy says Tyson Snyder and Jeff Fluharty were contractors, inspecting the utility company’s transmission lines at the time of the crash. The FAA and the NTSB are now trying to determine the cause of the crash.

Tyson Snyder was a 2004 graduate of Wooster High School. His parents say he had been deeply affected by the events of 9/11, and that's why they were not surprised when he decided to enlist in the Marine Corps after graduating.

During his eight years as a Marine, Sgt. Tyson Snyder served in Iraq and Afghanistan, but his heart was never far from home. His sister, Ashley Escola told Fox 8, “I'll never forget the day, I was pregnant with my daughter and he called me on Mother's Day from Afghanistan and he said he was waiting to make those calls to me and my mom."

After completing his service to the country, Tyson Snyder began training to become a helicopter pilot and then got his dream job inspecting power lines.

"I think the adrenaline rush, he loved the challenge and he loved being in the air and he loved the difficulty of it, but he loved that he was good at it, I mean he worked so hard," said Tyson’s girlfriend, Kalli Hugus.

Tyson Snyder's parents says that after Tyson made it home safely after fighting in the War on Terror, they never suspected that they would get the knock on the door that every parent dreads. His father, Jeff Snyder, told us, “One thing that I would like to say is 'hug your kids, tell them that you love them because you never know, it may be the last time, so hug your kids and tell them that you love them.’"

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STONY RIDGE, Ohio — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a helicopter crash in Wood County that killed two people Monday, and plans to release a preliminary report in about a week.

Helicopter pilot Tyson Snyder, 32, of Wooster, Ohio, and passenger Jeffery Fluharty, 62, of West Virginia, both died at the scene of the crash, which was reported just before noon Monday. Both were contracted to do utility work for Toledo Edison. 

The helicopter crashed into a field near State Rt. 163 and Pemberville Road in Troy Township.

The NTSB will recover the helicopter later Tuesday evening, and its full investigation could take up to a year, Jennifer Rodi, a senior air safety investigator with the safety board, said Tuesday during a news conference at the scene.

“We do not rush our process,” Ms. Rodi said. 

A preliminary report should be issued within five to seven days, she said, at which point an advisory could be issued for other helicopter pilots, if necessary. She did not speculate on any potential cause for the crash.

She said the pilot had between 1 and 1.5 miles of visibility at the time of the crash, and there was noticeable fuel at the scene of the crash. 

The helicopter, manufactured in 1971, was owned by Vista I, Inc., a Smithville, Ohio, company that has five other aircraft registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. A call to the company was not immediately returned on Tuesday.

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"The two men who were tragically killed today in a helicopter crash were FirstEnergy contractors doing transmission line inspection work. Their employer is still in the process of notifying family members. FirstEnergy would like to express our sincere condolences to their families and fellow workers."

WOOD COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) - Two people are dead after a helicopter crash in Wood County.

The crash happened just before noon near Bradner Road, just south of the Ohio Turnpike in Genoa.

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn tells 13abc that the helicopter is affiliated with a utility company. They were out doing survey work on lines in the area. Two people were on board, and both of them died. The company is said to not be based in Toledo, and the two killed were not from northwest Ohio.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are expected on the scene Tuesday morning to being an investigation.

Some people living near Monday’s deadly helicopter crash scene heard the crash, not realizing exactly what they heard until they saw the wreckage.

The sound of a low flying helicopter is something residents living off Pemberville and Bradner roads hear quite often. Monday though they heard a sound they're not familiar with hearing.

"All I heard was a big boom. I thought it was a tire that blew off a truck on the turnpike," said Sandra Minarik who lives near the crash scene.

Unfortunately that's not what Minarik heard after she got a phone call from another neighbor.

"A neighbor called and said a plane had crashed in my woods. And I ran out into the woods and I didn't see anything," said Minarik.

She eventually found the wreckage in another person's yard. Another neighbor says they heard what they now believe was this helicopter while in flight this morning.

"The helicopter going back and forth but it's not unusual out here," said Ken Reeves who lives near the crash site.

Reeves and others say they see if a few times a month, inspecting the power lines.

"You see the helicopter buzzing up and down. They follow the high tension lines as afar as you can see in both directions," said Reeves.

"It's very sad. Very sad. I feel bad for all the families involved," said Minarik.

Minarik flies her own plane in this area. While it's far too early to tell how this crash occurred, she is always cautious around one part of these lines.

"The one thing that scares us is that there are these stabilizing wires along the line and they're very, very difficult to see. When we take off we go left or right to get over them. With these snowy conditions it would be hard to see those lines," said Minarik.

Those neighbors say the helicopters do fly pretty low in this area looking at the lines but they're not sure exactly how low the pilot was flying Monday.

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GENOA, OH (WTOL) -  Two people are dead after a helicopter crash in Wood County Monday.

Deputies were called to the scene of the crash a little before noon Monday near the Turnpike on Bradner Road. The call said that the helicopter went down suddenly.

The Sheriff's deputies and the Troy Township Fire Department responded to the crash. The two men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sheriff's Office says the helicopter was contracted to patrol the power lines by. 

Statement sent from FirstEnergy said both the pilot and the passenger who died in the crash, were FirstEnergy contractors doing transmission line inspection work.

"The two men who were tragically killed today in a helicopter crash were FirstEnergy contractors doing transmission line inspection work. Their employer is still in the process of notifying family members. FirstEnergy would like to express our sincere condolences to their families and fellow workers."

Police say neither pilot or the passenger were from our areal. 

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says the helicopter never caught fire but the damage was extensive.

The NTSB will come to investigate the scene and inspect every inch of the commercial helicopter. 

Sheriff Wasylyshyn says the coroner will remove the bodies by Monday evening and the helicopter will remain until the NTSB shows up Tuesday. He says his department will do whatever it takes to preserve the scene so investigators can determine a cause. 

"As least one deputy on scene 24/7 until they come and remove the helicopter," Sheriff Wasylyshyn explained. "They will take it into a building somewhere and completely disect it and try to find out if it was human error or mechanical failure but it will be many months before we know the actual cause of the crash."

Sheriff Wasylyshyn says the names of the two men won't be released until family have been notified.  The crash is under investigation.

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STONY RIDGE, Ohio — Two men doing work for FirstEnergy were killed Monday when their helicopter crashed into a field near State Rt. 163 and Pemberville Road in Troy Township.

The helicopter crashed about 11:40 a.m. in a large, harvested, snow-covered field east of Pemberville Road, between Route 163 and Recker Road, Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said on scene. 

Doug Calafella, a spokesman for FirstEnergy, said the crash victims were employees of a contractor for the utility. He said they were inspecting high-voltage transmission lines.

The company that employed the men were in the process of notifying family members, he added.

Sheriff Wasylyshyn said there was no obvious cause of the crash: no signs of fire or flames, and no indication the aircraft struck any utility lines. The crash was reported by a person in a nearby house who was looking out a window “and just saw the helicopter come down out of the sky and hit the ground,” he said.

The sheriff said his office was told by the National Transportation Safety Board that investigators from the agency will be on the scene on Tuesday, and the Federal Aviation Administration also had been notified.

"We will secure the scene. We are taking initial measurements. The NTSB will haul off the helicopter and do their dissecting to try to determine the cause," he said.

Tony Molinaro, an FAA spokesman, said in an email the helicopter was an MD-369 and the agency is sending investigators to the scene.

NTSB spokesman Christopher O'Neil said Monday afternoon an investigator was en route to the crash scene.

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 TROY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WNWO) —  Wood County authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that killed two men today.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn tells NBC24 two men died when their helicopter went down in a field just before noon in the vicinity Pemberville and Bradner Roads in Troy Township.

Wasylyshyn said the pair were working as independent contractors for Toledo Edison and were observing power lines throughout the area.

The men will be identified pending notification. No other details are available at this time.

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