Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hughes 369A, N50MP, registered to and operated by Lyft LLC: Accident occurred September 02, 2017 near Burnet Municipal Airport-Kate Craddock Field (KBMQ), Burnet, 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 Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N50MP

Location: Burnet, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA336
Date & Time: 09/02/2017, 1645 CDT
Registration: N50MP
Aircraft: HUGHES 369A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business

On September 2, 2017, about 1645 central daylight time, a Hughes 369A helicopter, N50MP, conducted an autorotation near Burnet, Texas. The pilot was 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 two 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 FAA inspector used a dip stick to check the fuel tank; the fuel tank was empty. The inspector also looked at the pump/injector and check valve; however, no residual fuel was found. The inspector checked the last place the helicopter was refuel, noting that the station's filters were not contaminated and that other people had purchased fuel and no problems had been reported.

The pilot did not return a completed an NTSB 6120 form. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 51
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/11/2016
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: HUGHES
Registration: N50MP
Model/Series: 369A NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1180860
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Turbo Shaft
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Allison
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: 250
Registered Owner: LYFT LLC
Rated Power:
Operator: LYFT LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBMQ
Observation Time: 1653 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 16°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 170°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Burnet, TX
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  30.791667, -98.232778 (est)

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.

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