Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hummingbird 260L, N4045: Accident occurred January 28, 2018 in Harrisville, Lewis County, New York

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N4045

Location: Harrisville, NY
Accident Number: ERA18LA076
Date & Time: 01/28/2018, 1530 EST
Registration: N4045
Aircraft: VERTICAL AVIATION TECHNOLOGIES 260L HUMMINGBIRD
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 28, 2018, about 1530 eastern standard time, an experimental, amateur-built Vertical Aviation Technologies 260L Hummingbird helicopter, N4045, operated by the commercial pilot, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, following a total loss of engine power during cruise flight near Harrisville, New York. The commercial pilot was not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Potsdam Municipal Airport (PTD), Potsdam, New York, about 1500. The flight was destined to pilot's private residence in Harrisville, New York.

The pilot reported that helicopter was 6 miles from the destination at 500 ft above ground level, when the engine sputtered once and then lost all power. The pilot performed an autorotation into a low-lying valley with short trees. During the landing, the main rotor and tailrotor contacted trees, resulting in substantial damage. The landing gear also sustained damage.

The helicopter was assembled in 2010 and equipped with a Chevrolet LS3 engine. At the time of the accident, the airframe and engine had accumulated 456.8 total hours of operation. The helicopter's most recent annual inspection was completed October 29, 2017. The helicopter had flown 5.3 hours from the time of that inspection, until the accident.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: VERTICAL AVIATION TECHNOLOGIES
Registration: N4045
Model/Series: 260L HUMMINGBIRD NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: Yes
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: GTB, 690 ft msl
Observation Time: 1556 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / -2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Potsdam, NY (PTD)
Destination:  Harrisville, NY (NONE) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.297778, -75.246944 (est)

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