Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hughes 269A, N9020M: Accident occurred March 10, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Jacksonville, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA159
Date & Time: 03/10/2018, 1430 EST
Registration: N9020M
Aircraft: HUGHES 269
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The helicopter pilot reported that he entered a practice autorotation and intended to terminate the maneuver to a hover. During the flare phase of the maneuver, he allowed the rotor RPM to decay. He increased collective and subsequently added power with throttle. The nose of the helicopter yawed to the right and simultaneously the fuselage rolled to the left. He applied left pedal, but the left skid struck rising terrain and the helicopter entered dynamic rollover.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor drive system and the tail rotor drive system.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/11/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/15/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 12958 hours (Total, all aircraft), 301 hours (Total, this make and model), 88 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 31 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HUGHES
Registration: N9020M
Model/Series: 269 A
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 64-18188
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/04/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4093.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: HIO-360-B1A
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCRG, 41 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 171°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts:  7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 140°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Jacksonville, FL (CRG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Jacksonville, FL (CRG)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1415 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D

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:  30.387778, -81.524167 (est)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police and rescue personnel are at the scene of a helicopter that crashed in an open field Fort Caroline Road near the St. Johns River.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the one person in the helicopter was able to walk walk away without injury.

The crash is in the St. Johns Landing Estates neighborhood, with is about halfway between the Dames Point Bridge and the Fort Caroline National Memorial.

According to Federal Aviation Authority information, the Hughes 269A helicopter was built in 1964. It was most recently certified by the FAA in April 2017.

Records show it is owned by Skypro Industries in Jacksonville. 

Original article can be found here ➤

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a helicopter crash in the St. Johns Bluff area.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said the crash happened near the Fulton boat ramp in the St. Johns Landing Estates neighborhood.

One person was in the ultralight aircraft  and has no injuries, JSO said.

The Florida Aviation Authority will be handling the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A pilot suffered no injuries Saturday after crashing a helicopter near the Fulton boat ramp in Fort Caroline, according to emergency personnel.

JFRD and JSO quickly responded to the crash site after JSO saw the aircraft coming down, according to tweets by JFRD.

The helicopter looks to have sustained significant damage from the crash, and JFRD said the pilot "remarkably" had no injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤

Jacksonville police said a pilot escaped injury when his small helicopter crashed Saturday afternoon in an empty field near the Fulton Boat Ramp in Fort Caroline.

The helicopter went down about 3 p.m. in the St. Johns Landing Estates neighborhood. No injuries were reported to people on the ground, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The crew of a Sheriff’s Office helicopter saw the crash and landed to render aid, according to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department personnel who also arrived quickly.

Built in 1964, the Hughes 269A helicopter was registered to Skypro Industries LLC in Jacksonville, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

Company officials couldn’t be reached for comment. The Sheriff’s Office didn’t release the pilot’s name. Police said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

Looking at the video, it seems clear that the pilot was a TIM VITO? Always interesting that the Sheriff Department didn’t want to identify the pilot? Obviously it will come out within a year in NTSB report? No fire? Sheriff pilots watched the engine shutdown while still in flight? Maybe check the Fuel next time??

Anonymous said...

Oh crap ... Look at the fuel gage! Better call CRG and head back! Oh crap ... Just lost the engine due to fuel starvation ... Time for a "practice" autorotation.

Glad you are ok

Anonymous said...

Oh crap ... Look at the fuel gage! Better call CRG and head back! Oh crap ... Just lost the engine due to fuel starvation ... Time for a "practice" autorotation.

Glad you are ok