Sunday, June 17, 2018

Schweizer 269C, N557DC: Accident occurred June 13, 2018 at North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Accident Number: WPR18LA170
Date & Time: 06/13/2018, 1059 PDT
Registration: N557DC
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 269C
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 13, 2018, about 1059 Pacific daylight time, a Schweizer 269C Helicopter, N557DC, was substantially damaged as the pilot was powering up for takeoff at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) Las Vegas, Nevada, and the helicopter developed severe vibrations. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The planned cross county flight was originating at the time, with a planned destination of Perkins Field Airport, Overton, Nevada.

The pilot reported that just prior to takeoff, the helicopter began to vibrate and violently shake, consistent with ground resonance. He lowered the collective, rolled off the throttle, and aborted the takeoff. During the abort sequence, the vibrations and shaking continued to increase and lasted for about 30 seconds. The helicopter rotated about 45° to the left and the engine eventually shut itself down. The planned takeoff was from an asphalt surfaced helipad. The wind was reported as 130° at 9 knots, at 1053.

Postaccident examination of the helicopter by a FAA inspector revealed substantial damage was sustained by the fuselage. The helicopter was recovered and secured for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SCHWEIZER
Registration: N557DC
Model/Series: 269C UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGVT, 2205 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 PDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / -2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Destination: OVERTON, NV (U08) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.210556, -115.194444 (est)

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