Sunday, July 15, 2018

Schweizer 269D, owned by Chesapeake Copters LLC and operated by a private individual, N411HU: Accident occurred July 14, 2018 at Shoestring Aviation Airfield (0P2), Stewartstown, York County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Stewartstown, PA
Accident Number: ERA18LA192
Date & Time: 07/14/2018, 1115 EDT
Registration: N411HU
Aircraft: Schweizer 269D
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 14, 2018, about 1115 eastern daylight time, a Schweizer 269D Configuration A helicopter, N411HU, impacted the ground during approach to Shoestring Aviation Airfield (0P2), Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. The commercial pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries, and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was owned by Chesapeake Copters LLC, and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight which originated from Martin State Airport (MTN), Baltimore, Maryland, about 1040, and was destined for 0P2.

The pilot stated that he approached the eastern side of 0P2 to begin a normal approach to runway 24 with the wind from about 230° at about 8 to 10 knots. The landing approach was uneventful until he attempted to slow the helicopter. At an airspeed of about 10 to 20 knots about 15 to 20 feet above ground level, he began to apply left anti-torque pedal. The helicopter then started turning clockwise which he could not stop with additional left anti-torque pedal input. This turning accelerated rapidly until the helicopter was spinning in 360° circles. After 6 to 8 complete rotations, the spinning decreased, but it accelerated again until the helicopter impacted the ground. After impact, the pilot pulled the fuel cut-off, unbuckled his and the passenger's 4-point safety harness, and exited the helicopter. He dialed 911 and awaited the arrival of fire department personnel. He further stated that he did not recall hearing any audible alarms.

Postaccident examination of the helicopter will be performed at a later date. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schweizer
Registration: N411HU
Model/Series: 269D CONFIG A
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: THV, 495 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Baltimore, MD (MTN)
Destination: Stewartstown, PA (0P2) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 39.796389, -76.646111 (est)

NORTH HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Emergency dispatchers say a helicopter crashed in North Hopewell Township, York County, Saturday morning.

According to York County Control, it occurred around 11:15 a.m., in 14000 block of Ebaugh Road.

North Hopewill Township Winterstown Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Walter Wimiller says, the pilot was coming from Martin State Airport in Maryland.

According to Wimiller, the pilot was attempting to land at the Shoestring Airport, when the helicopter went into a spin about 20 feet above ground, and crashed onto it's side.

Wimiller says the man and woman on board at the time of the crash, suffered minor cuts and bruises.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will be investigating.

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A helicopter crashed late Saturday morning at Shoestring Aviation Airfield in Stewartstown, York County 911 and the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.

A Schweizer 269D helicopter went down around 11 a.m., Kathleen Bergen of the Federal Aviation Administration said. She said local authorities will release the names and conditions of two people on board.

A York Daily Record call into North Hopewell-Winterstown Fire Chief Shanan Poe, whose company was in charge of the scene, was not returned as of 5:45 p.m., but Deputy Chief Walter Winemiller told Fox43 that a man and a woman were on board and were treated on the scene for minor cuts and bruises.

York County 911 told the YDR no hospital transport was necessary.

Winemiller also told Fox43 that the small helicopter was traveling to Shoestring from Martin State Airport, which is located in Middle River, Maryland.

That's approximately a 40-mile trip. Winemiller told Fox43 the helicopter was coming to a landing when it spun out of control about 20 feet above ground and crashed on its side.

Bergen told the Daily Record the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident.

The helicopter's registration reveals it is owned by Chesapeake Copters LLC in Kingsville, Maryland. The same registration shows up on the helicopter on the front of the Chesapeake Copters Facebook page.

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