Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Schweizer 269D, N471RA, registered to C. Aaron LLC and operated by the private pilot: Accident occurred February 13, 2018 in Stockbridge, Ingham County, Michigan

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Belleville, Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Stockbridge, MI
Accident Number: CEN18LA106
Date & Time: 02/13/2018, 1415 EST
Registration: N471RA
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 269D
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 13, 2018, about 1415 mountain standard time, a Schweizer 269D helicopter, N471RA, collided with snow-covered terrain while maneuvering at a low altitude shortly after takeoff from a private residence located near Stockbridge, Michigan. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to C. Aaron LLC, and operated by the private pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 without a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The personal flight had the intended destination of Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (ARB), Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SCHWEIZER
Registration: N471RA
Model/Series: 269D NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: C. Aaron LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TEW, 920 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C / -12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 12000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.5 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Stockbridge, MI (PVT)
Destination: Ann Arbor Muni, MI (ARB) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  42.450000, -84.263056 (est)

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