Wednesday, May 30, 2018

McDonnell Douglas 369FF, N975BW: Accident occurred May 29, 2018 in Wikieup, Mohave County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N975BW

Location: Wikieup, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18LA152
Date & Time: 05/29/2018, 1050 MST
Registration: N975BW
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELI CO 369FF
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load 

On May 29, 2018, at 1050 mountain standard time, an MD Helicopters 369FF, N975BW, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Wikieup, Arizona. The commercial pilot was not injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Rogers Helicopter under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 external load flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed.

The purpose of the flight was to assist power line construction. The pilot reported that during hover, the helicopter started to vibrate. He decided to execute a forced landing as vibrations became more prominent. The helicopter contacted the ground and the tailboom separated in two pieces. The helicopter was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELI CO
Registration: N975BW
Model/Series: 369FF FF
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
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Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Rotorcraft External Load (133) 

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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
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