Sunday, June 17, 2018

Bell 206B JetRanger, N2762P: Accident occurred June 17, 2018 in Orondo, Douglas County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane

San Juan Aviation LLC

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA352
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Orondo, WA
Aircraft: BELL 206, registration: N2762P

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Rotorcraft struck powerlines.

Date: 17-JUN-18
Time: 13:34:00Z
Regis#: N2762P
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 206B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Washington - Fire crews from Orondo and Chelan, along with Douglas County Sheriff's deputies responded to a helicopter crash in the area of Cascade Foothills in Orondo, about four miles south of Beebe Bridge.

When crews arrived they found a helicopter in the orchard sitting upright. The helicopter had heavy damage to the tail section and burn damage through the shell of the aircraft from impact with the high-tension electrical power lines.

The pilot told investigators she struck the high voltage power lines causing damage to the helicopter and bringing it to the ground. The high-tension power lines were broken and down on the ground.

Firefighters say the helicopter was in the area controlling moisture on cherry trees to prevent cherry damage from overnight rains. Cherries absorb moisture then split when exposed to warming sunlight.

There were no injuries, but there was damage to the orchard, power lines, and the helicopter. The crash caused a widespread power outage as well.

Original article can be found here ➤

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