Wednesday, May 30, 2018

McDonnell Douglas MD500 (369D), N362JS: Fatal accident occurred May 20, 2018 in Luling, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana

Ryan Lamont Cardwell 1984~2018 

Ryan Lamont Cardwell passed away on May 20, 2018 in Boutte, Louisiana at the age of 33. Ryan worked for Air2 LLC as a helicopter lineman in various states, and also with electrical and oil field-related companies.

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: LULING, LA
Accident Number: CEN18FA182
Date & Time: 05/20/2018, 1049 CDT
Registration: N362JS
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load 

On May 20, 2018, at 1049 central daylight time, an MD Helicopters Inc 369D, N362JS, collided with a powerline structure and terrain while performing aerial inspection/maintenance to the structure near Luling, Louisiana. The helicopter was destroyed by impact forces. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries, one crewmember sustained fatal injuries, and another crewmember sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Air2 LLC under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 as an external load operation that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MD HELICOPTER INC
Registration: N362JS
Model/Series: 369D D
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: AIR2 LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft External Load (133) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.879167, -90.403611

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