Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Safari 400, N326RW: Accident occurred July 02, 2018 in Aguilares, Webb County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

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

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Location: Aguilares, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA247
Date & Time: 07/02/2018, 1130 CDT
Registration: N326RW
Aircraft: SAFARI 400
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 2, 2018, about 1130 central daylight time, an amateur-built Safari 400 helicopter, N326RW, impacted the ground following a loss of control near Aguilares, Texas. The private pilot sustained serious injury. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight.

According to a statement given to the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the helicopter was between 20 and 30 ft above ground level when it started to shudder. Subsequently, the pilot heard a "pop" and immediately the helicopter lost tail rotor effectiveness. The helicopter started rotating and the pilot attempted to stop the rotation without success. The helicopter hit the ground and rolled onto its side. The fuselage was crushed and buckled and both main rotor blades were substantially damaged. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SAFARI
Registration: N326RW
Model/Series: 400
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KLRD, 508 ft msl
Observation Time: 1656 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 16 knots, 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:

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:  27.150000, -99.110000 (est) 

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - A helicopter operator is injured after he had to make an emergency landing near a local ranch.

According to the Webb County Fire Department, the incident happened on Monday 13 miles out of the city limits on Jennings Road by Los Aguilares.

The fire department says a man in his 50’s was having problems with his helicopter and had to perform an emergency landing.

The man broke his leg and received several bruises as he was coming down.

He was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

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