Sunday, August 19, 2018

Bell 206, N8052G: Accident occurred August 18, 2018 in Battle Mountain, Lander County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA512
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Battle Mountain, NV
Aircraft: Bell 206, registration: N8052G

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Rotorcraft crashed due to unknown circumstances.

Date: 18-AUG-18
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N8052G
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 206B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: BATTLE MOUNTAIN
State: NEVADA



Three incidents took place in Lander County on Saturday, Aug. 18: A helicopter crash involving employees with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), the Sheep Creek Fire, and a burn-over of two firefighters responding to the fire.

The helicopter crash took place around 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 18. It was a contract helicopter carrying a pilot and two NDOW biologists on a wildlife survey flight.

The pilot and one of the biologists had minor injuries, and the other biologist had injuries to their neck and back. All three are in good condition and the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

“We cannot stress enough the importance of safety with our employees and the public, and we are grateful everyone on the flight is safe,” said NDOW Director Tony Wasley.

Shortly after the crash, the Sheep Creek Fire was reported approximately 15 miles north of Battle Mountain. Crews from the Battle Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) responded to the fire.

During the response, an engine from the Battle Mountain VFD was burned over injuring two firefighters. The firefighters were taken to a burn center and information on their status will be provided when it becomes available.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters, their families and the entire community," said Lander County Manager Keith Westengard. "Lander County is a tight knit community and many are affected by this tragedy."

The Sheep Creek fire is currently at 7,000 acres and approximately five percent containment, and the cause remains under investigation. More information about the fire can be found in Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6157/.

“This situation highlights the dangers faced by all partners and agencies who assist with battling wildfires,” said acting BLM Nevada State Director Mike Courtney. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters and their families as they deal with the injuries and recovery.”

“The Nevada Department of Wildlife will also continue to keep the injured firefighters and their families in our thoughts and prayers,” added Wasley.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://carsonnow.org

The Federal Aviation Administration tells us that a Bell B206 helicopter crashed around 2 p.m. about 15 miles north of Battle Mountain on Saturday.

Authorities say that three people were onboard. BLM officials say that two of them are employees of the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).

The pilot and one of the NDOW biologists suffered minor injuries and the other biologist has injuries to their neck and back. 

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

The BLM says that there was a wildfire reported also 15 miles north of Battle Mountain, however, at this time it is unknown if the two are connected.

During the response, an engine from the Battle Mountain Volunteer Fire Department was burned over injuring two firefighters. They are now at a burn center, but their status is unknown. 

“This situation highlights the dangers faced by all partners and agencies who assist with battling wildfires,” said acting BLM Nevada State Director Mike Courtney.

They are calling this the Sheep Creek fire. It's currently sitting at 7,000 acres and 5% contained. 

They estimate to have it fully contained by August 23rd.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.ktvn.com

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