Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bell UH-1H Iroquois, registered to Airlift Helicopters Service and operated by the pilot, N107CH: Accident occurred July 24, 2018 in Oakdale, Stanislaus County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Oakdale, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA206
Date & Time: 07/24/2018, 1800 PDT
Registration: N107CH
Aircraft: Bell UH 1H
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Firefighting 

On July 24, 2018, about 1800 Pacific daylight time, a Bell UH-1H helicopter, N107CH, was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing near Oakdale, California. The pilot was not injured; the pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to Airlift Helicopters Service and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Fullerton Municipal Airport Fullerton, California at 1300 and was destined for Weed Airport, Weed, California.

The pilot reported that, while in a straight and level flight, he heard an unusual noise and decided to execute a precautionary landing. When the skids touched the ground, the helicopter entered an uncontrolled climb and yaw. The pilot was unable to recover from the loss of directional control and the helicopter impacted terrain. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N107CH
Model/Series: UH 1H No Series
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSCK, 27 ft msl
Observation Time: 1955 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Visibility
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  None
Departure Point: Weed, CA (O46)
Destination: Fullerton, CA (FUL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.798333, -120.722222 (est)

Two people were injured when a helicopter contracted with Cal Fire crashed near Oakdale Tuesday afternoon.

The crash originally was reported in Tuolumne County, but the location is along Highway 108 near the Stanislaus County line. The incident occurred about 5:50 p.m.

Few details were available, but Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said the copter was a “CWN” - or “Call When Needed” aircraft. Cal Fire contracts with private vendors for those copters during wildfire fights.

McLean said he did not have any information on the two occupants of the helicopter, other than to say both survived the crash.

He also could not say where the copter was headed, but said he did not believe it was attached to the Ferguson fire near Yosemite National Park.

Original article can be found here ➤

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