Friday, March 16, 2018

Hughes 269C, N11047: Accident occurred March 14, 2018 at Stinson Municipal Airport (KSSF), San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: San Antonio, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA168
Date & Time: 03/14/2018, 1120 CDT
Registration: N11047
Aircraft: HUGHES 269
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abrupt maneuver
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The helicopter pilot reported that he allowed his non-rated passenger to "try his hovering skills" at 3ft AGL. The pilot told the passenger, "You have the aircraft" and the pilot removed his hands from the flight controls. The passenger pushed the cyclic to its forward limit, and the helicopter impacted the ground.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor and tail rotor drive systems, and the fuselage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):Helicopter 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/28/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/19/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 5854 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2561 hours (Total, this make and model), 5644 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 2.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HUGHES 
Registration: N11047 
Model/Series: 269 C
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted; Normal
Serial Number: 211031
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/12/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2050 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3035 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: HIO-360-01A
Registered Owner: JOHN DEER TRUSTEE
Rated Power: 190 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSSF, 571 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1629 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 339°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 50°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: San Antonio, TX (SSF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: San Antonio, TX (SSF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1116 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 577 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

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:  29.336944, -98.471111 (est)

A helicopter crashed at Stinson Airport on the South Side, injuring two pilots.

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. An airport spokesperson said two Vietnam War veterans were doing out some re-entry training, when the Hughes 300C helicopter crashed. The chopper was hovering about 5 feet off the ground when it crashed.

One of the pilots was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The other was treated at the scene and released.

The exact cause of the crash has not been determined. The NTSB is investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤

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