Monday, March 5, 2018

Eurocopter-Kawasaki BK-117B-2, N1174U: Accident occurred March 04, 2018 at Sheboygan County Memorial Airport (KSBM), Wisconsin

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N1174U

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

Location: Sheboygan, WI
Accident Number: CEN18LA115
Date & Time: 03/04/2018, 2324 CST
Registration: N1174U
Aircraft: MESSERSCHMITT-BOLKOW-BLOHM BK 117 B-2
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Medical Emergency) 

On March 4, 2018, about 2324 central standard time, a Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm BK 117 B-2 helicopter, N1174U, operated by Air Methods, Englewood, Colorado, sustained substantial damage during a hard landing at Sheboygan County Memorial Airport (SBM), Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The commercial pilot, flight nurse, and flight paramedic were not injured. The flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as a helicopter air ambulance flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a company visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that departed about 2257, from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The flight was destined for the HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

According to the pilot, prior to departure from Fond du Lac, standard flight control and hydraulic transfer checks were performed and no anomalies noted with the flight controls; the hover and departure were normal. The pilot, who was wearing night vision goggles, climbed the helicopter to 2,500 ft above ground level (agl) and accelerated to 125 knots indicated airspeed. After crossing SBM and approaching the hospital, the pilot started a slow descent utilizing the collective and performed the before landing checks; all systems were normal. When attempting to decelerate from cruise speed, the pilot noticed restricted movement in the cyclic control. He noted that the collective and yaw control were operating normally, and then elected to abort the descent and execute a precautionary landing at SBM, located about 6 miles west of the hospital.

The helicopter initially approached runway 22 at SBM; however, due to being too high and fast, the pilot opted to circle around to land on runway 13, which provided a more favorable quartering headwind. During the runway 22 approach and circle to land, the pilot held the cyclic trim switch aft in an attempt to gain some additional aft cyclic authority. With continuous cyclic pressure against the aft stop, the pilot was able to slow the helicopter to 80 kts on final approach. The helicopter touched down near runway centerline, skidded about 500 ft, exited the runway surface, and came to rest upright.

Preliminary examination of the helicopter revealed the top wire strike protection system was separated due to contact by the main rotor blades, and the landing gear skids were partially collapsed. One main rotor blade had a portion of the blade skin and core separated, and all the blades sustained leading edge damage. The helicopter was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MESSERSCHMITT-BOLKOW-BLOHM
Registration: N1174U
Model/Series: BK 117 B-2
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Air Methods
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: SBM, 755 ft msl
Observation Time: 2353 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots/ 18 knots, 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.34 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Fond du Lac, WI (FLD)
Destination: Sheboygan, WI (SBM)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  43.764444, -87.851389 (est)

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY -- Hydraulic issues forced a flight for life helicopter to make an emergency landing at the Sheboygan County airport late Sunday night.

It happened just before 11:30 p.m. at the Sheboygan County Airport located at N6180 Resource Dr., in the Town of Sheboygan Falls.

According to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Flight for Life had been en route to a transport and there were no patients on board at the time of the incident. 

The Sheriff’s Office says there were no damage or injuries reported from the emergency landing. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.tmj4.com

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY — A Flight for Life helicopter made an emergency landing at the Sheboygan County Airport Sunday night, Mar. 4. It happened around 11:30 p.m.

Officials say the Flight for Life had been en-route to a transport and there were no patients on board at the time of the incident.

There was no damage or injuries reported from the emergency landing.

The helicopter reportedly had a hydraulic issue.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://fox6now.com


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - A Flight for Life helicopter had to make an emergency landing at the Sheboygan County Airport on Sunday, according to a press release from the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheboygan County Joint Dispatch Center received a 911 call around 11:22 p.m call in reference for the Flight For Life to land after being en route to a transport. There were no patients on board at the time of the incident.

There were no damage or injuries reported from the emergency landing. The helicopter reportedly had a hydraulic issue.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.wearegreenbay.com

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (WHBL) - Mechanical problems forced Flight For Life to make an emergency landing at the Sheboygan County Airport late Sunday night. 

The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department says Dispatch got a 911 call just before 11:30, that because of a hydraulic issue, the chopper had to land at the Airport near Sheboygan Falls.

It's being described as a "hard landing" - the chopper coming down with enough force to damage the aircraft - specifically the skids, which spliced outwards.

Flight had been on the way to a transport and there were no patients on board when they had to make the emergency landing.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://whbl.com

TOWN OF SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (WBAY)- The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office tells Action 2 News that a Flight for Life medical transport helicopter safely made an emergence landing late Sunday night.

The helicopter landed at the Sheboygan County Airport just before 11:30 p.m.

The helicopter was having an issue with its hydraulics.

Flight for Life was on its way to pick up a patient at the time.

No patients were on board.

No crew members were hurt, and the helicopter was not damaged.

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