Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bell OH-58A Kiowa, operated by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, N303HP: Accident occurred June 19, 2018 at Garner Road Heliport (3NC2), Raleigh, North Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Raleigh, NC
Accident Number: ERA18LA170
Date & Time: 06/19/2018, 1406 EDT
Registration: N303HP
Aircraft: BELL OH 58A
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Public Aircraft 

On June 19, 2018, about 1406 eastern daylight time, a Bell OH-58A, N303HP, operated by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, was substantially damaged during takeoff at the Garner Road Heliport (3NC2), Raleigh, North Carolina. The commercial pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed for the local, public use, photography flight. The helicopter was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

In a written statement, the pilot stated the purpose of the flight was to take photographs near the Raleigh-Durham Airport. He moved the helicopter from the hangar to the helipad using an electric/hydraulic transporter attached to the helicopter skids. During his preflight preparation as he unhooked the transporter clamp from the left skid, the passenger, seated in the left front co-pilot seat, inquired about removing the controls from co-pilot's side of the helicopter. The pilot had not intended to remove them, though he decided to do so after the passenger's inquiry. After removing the controls, he continued with the preflight inspection; however, he forgot to unhook the transporter from the right skid. Subsequently during the takeoff, the helicopter began to roll uncontrollably to the right until the main rotor blades struck the ground.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument helicopter. He held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane-single engine land. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) second-class medical certificate was issued March 26, 2018, at which time he reported 882 total hours of flight experience.

The wreckage was examined at the accident site by an FAA inspector and all major components were accounted for at the scene. The helicopter came to rest mostly on its left side, and partially inverted. Examination also revealed substantial damage to the fuselage, separation of the tail boom and main rotor system with the transmission, from the fuselage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BELL
Registration: N303HP
Model/Series: OH 58A NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RDU, 416 ft msl
Observation Time: 1351 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Raleigh, NC (3NC2)
Destination: Raleigh, NC (3NC2) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  35.731944, -78.628611 (est)

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) - Federal investigators say a Highway Patrol pilot said he forgot to unhook a transport clamp from one of the helicopter skids, causing it to crash last month.

The Bell OH-58A helicopter crashed on June 19th at a state-owned landing pad in Raleigh.

The pilot, Trooper R.M. Collie, and passenger, Clint Stone, received minor injuries in the crash that destroyed the state-owned helicopter.

A preliminary report from National Transportation Safety Board says Collie moved the chopper from the hangar to the helipad with an electric/hydraulic transporter that was attached to its skids.

During preflight operations, the NTSB says Collie removed the clamp from the left skid but was interrupted by Stone who asked about the removal of co-pilot controls in front of his seat.

"After removing the controls, he continued with the preflight inspection; however, he forgot to unhook the transporter from the right skid," the NTSB report said. When it took off, the helicopter began to roll "uncontrollably to the right until the main rotor blades struck the ground".

The helicopter was military surplus that was bought by the Highway Patrol for training.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Authorities are investigating after a helicopter crashed at the Highway Patrol training facility on Tuesday afternoon in Raleigh.

Sgt. Michael Baker with the Highway Patrol said the helicopter was attempting to take off from the facility at Garner Road at about 2 p.m, but the pilot began having difficulty controlling the aircraft when it was about five feet in the air.

The helicopter tilted to its side and the rotor struck the ground, causing the helicopter to fall on its side. The tail portion of the helicopter broke off on impact, Baker said.

The pilot is identified as Trooper R. M. Collie, assigned to Troop I, District 4 in Wake County. The passenger is identified as Clint Stone, the assistant federal security director with TSA and the Federal Air Marshal Service. 

Baker said Collie, who was assigned to the Highway Patrols' Aviation Unit, and Stone were on board the helicopter at the time of the crash. Collie was taken to the Highway Patrol Medical Facility and Stone was taken to WakeMed, both with minor injuries.

"It's a very sinking feeling when you see one of your helicopters lying on its side in the condition it's in," Baker said. "Were very fortunate the injuries were not worse in this crash."

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will join the Highway Patrol Construction Unit to investigate the crash.

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RALEIGH -- The pilot and the passenger involved in a helicopter crash at the State Highway Patrol training facility have been identified.

The pilot has been identified as Trooper R. M. Collie with District 4 in Wake County and the passenger has been identified as Clint Stone, Assistant Federal Security Director with TSA/Federal Air Marshal Service.

The helicopter went down around 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened on the landing pad off Garner Road at E. Tryon Road.

The helicopter took off, went about five to six feet above the ground when the pilot lost control and started to fall back down to the ground, Sgt. Michael Baker with the Highway Patrol said.

As the rotorcraft started to fall, the rotor hit the ground, the helicopter fell to its side and the tail broke off.

Collie was treated nearby at the SHP medical facility and Stone was transported to WakeMed with minor injuries.

The helicopter is a military surplus chopper that was purchased by the highway patrol for training.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been notified and will investigate.

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