Friday, May 11, 2018

Enstrom 280C Shark, N67RE: Accident occurred May 10, 2018 in Kerens, Navarro County, Texas

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Kerens, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA167
Date & Time: 05/10/2018, 1802 CDT
Registration: N67RE
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 10, 2018, about 1802 central daylight time, an Enstrom Helicopter Corporation 280C helicopter, N67RE, impacted trees and terrain following an autorotation after experiencing a loss of engine power while maneuvering near Kerens, Texas. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was not filed. The helicopter departed the Wood County Airport (JDD), Mineola, Texas, at an unknown time, and was destined for a private residence.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident, the pilot departed JDD after the helicopter underwent some recent maintenance. While maneuvering about 1,000 ft above ground level, the pilot heard a "pop" sound, the engine lost power, and the pilot entered an autorotation. During the autorotation, the helicopter impacted trees and terrain. The helicopter came to rest upright in wooded terrain. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ENSTROM HELICOPTER CORP
Registration: N67RE
Model/Series: 280C C
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
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: CRS, 448 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots, 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Mineola, TX (JDD)
Destination: Kerens, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  32.005833, -96.150556 (est)

NAVARRO COUNTY, TX (KXXV) - A helicopter pilot was flown to a hospital after a crash in Navarro County.

The Navarro County Office of Emergency Management said that it happened Thursday afternoon near Highway 287 and FM 309. 

The pilot was injured. 

The Navarro County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety responded. 

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