Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Experimental amateur-built Sibila MH1 helicopter, N32KS: Accident occurred June 25, 2018 in Beach City, Stark County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

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


Location: Beach City, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA239
Date & Time: 06/25/2018, 0830 EDT
Registration: N32KS
Aircraft: SIBILA MH-1
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 25, 2018, about 0830 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Sibila MH1 helicopter, N32KS, impacted terrain during a forced landing near Beach City, Ohio. The pilot received serious injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was owned and operated by an individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The helicopter departed about 0825 from Beach City Airport (2D7), Beach City, Ohio, on a local flight.

The pilot reported that he departed on a maintenance flight and was flying east about 100 feet above ground level in the airport traffic pattern. He reported that he was transitioning to land when the engine stopped producing power. He entered an autorotation but the helicopter sustained substantial damage when it impacted the terrain.

At 0751, the surface weather observation at Akron Canton Airport (CAK), Canton, Ohio, located about 17 miles north of 2D7 was wind 040° at 7 kts; 8 miles visibility; broken clouds at 1,300 ft; temperature 18° C; dew point 15° C; altimeter 30.16 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SIBILA
Registration: N32KS
Model/Series: MH-1
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CAK, 1225 ft msl
Observation Time: 0751 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1300 ft agl
Visibility: 8 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Beach City, OH (2D7)
Destination: Beach City, OH (2D7)

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: 40.646389, -81.555833

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