Monday, July 9, 2018

Bell 47G-2, N96195: Fatal accident occurred July 06, 2018 in Arlington, Rush County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Arlington, IN
Accident Number: CEN18FA258
Date & Time: 07/06/2018, 1720 EDT
Registration: N96195
Aircraft: Bell 47G
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On July 6, 2018, about 1720 eastern daylight time, a Bell 47G-2 helicopter, N96195, was substantially damaged when it impacted a corn field near Arlington, Indiana. A postimpact fire ensued. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The aerial application flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The local flight departed a loading platform at a farm 1 mile northwest of the accident location., about 1655.

According to a colleague of the pilot, the pilot had been flying since 0845 that morning and had completed between 10 and 15 spray runs. The pilot was applying a fungicide to corn crops and each run was averaging 20 minutes. When the pilot did not return after 30 minutes they initiated search operations and located the wreckage about 1800.

The main wreckage of the helicopter included the fuselage, landing skids, engine and lower transmission assembly, the tail rotor, and the tail boom. The main wreckage came to rest inverted and a postimpact fire damaged the left side of the fuselage and engine. The upper portion of the helicopter, to include both main rotor blades, the mast, the collective and cyclic controls, swash plate, and the upper portion of the transmission were located about 75 ft north of the main wreckage on a bearing of 002°. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N96195
Model/Series: 47G 2
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Central Indiana AG Services, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGEZ, 802 ft msl
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Arlington, IN
Destination: Arlington, IN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  39.633056, -85.635833

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

Kerry D. Lee
May 8, 1966 - July 6, 2018

Kerry D. Lee, 52, Mooresville, passed away July 6, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained in a helicopter accident. Kerry was born May 8, 1966, in Indianapolis to the late Diane (Grissinger) Lee and Jeffery D. Lee, who survives. 

Kerry graduated from Mooresville High School and was the co-owner, along with his fianc√© Angela O’Farrell, of Central Indiana Ag Services. Kerry was an accomplished pilot and also enjoyed farming. Additionally, he was a bus driver for Mooresville Consolidated Schools. A fun-loving and very ambitious soul, Kerry would do anything to help his family or a friend. He enjoyed looking for that greatest deal on Craigslist or Barnstormers. He was very mechanically inclined and could fix just about anything. He had many friends and could often be found catching up on the latest happenings at McDonalds. Kerry’s memory will be cherished by a loving family and many friends. 

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - Authorities are investigating a fatal helicopter crash near the Shelby-Rush county line.

The helicopter was dusting crops about three miles southeast of Morristown when it crashed under unknown circumstances, an FAA spokesperson told Eyewitness News.

The pilot was the only occupant of the Bell 47 helicopter when it crashed shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.

Monday afternoon, police identified the pilot killed as 52-year-old Kerry D. Lee of Mooresville.

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