Monday, September 10, 2018

CHR Safari, N699WC: Accident occurred September 08, 2018 at Franklin County State Airport (KFSO), Highgate, Vermont

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine.

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Highgate, VT
Accident Number: GAA18CA543
Date & Time: 09/08/2018, 1320 EDT
Registration: N699WC
Aircraft: Bosko Wr/Bosko Ce SAFARI
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that, while hovering the helicopter, a wind gust picked up the helicopter and pushed it to the left. He attempted to recover, but the skid impacted the ground and the helicopter rolled onto its left side.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the windscreen and tailboom.

The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 5 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 340° at 4 knots.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/19/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 49.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 6 hours (Total, this make and model), 49.2 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 14.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bosko Wr/Bosko Ce
Registration: N699WC
Model/Series: SAFARI
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 0619
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/14/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1610 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 300.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Superior
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: XPIO-360-A3C2
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 hp
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: KFSO, 230 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1715 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 261°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Highgate, VT (FSO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Highgate, VT (FSO)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 227 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None

Latitude, Longitude:  44.933611, -73.094444 (est)

HIGHGATE — A gust of wind crashed a small helicopter at the Franklin County State Airport Saturday afternoon.

Chandler Ede, 60, piloted the helicopter, and was its lone occupant. The crash caused only slight injuries for Ede, according to Vermont State Police (VSP) Lt. Jason Letourneau, and the helicopter had no other occupant.

The helicopter was only approximately 15 feet off the ground when the wind gust caused Ede to lose control and the helicopter to crash to the ground, according to Letourneau’s press release. Letourneau wrote that the helicopter was hovering above a field at the time, not far from the airport runway.

Emergency personnel transported Ede to the Northwestern Medical Center immediately after the crash, which occurred around 1:21 p.m.

Letourneau wrote that VSP reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and that the FAA planned to conduct its own investigation of the crash today.

Multiple VSP troopers responded to the scene, as well as local fire and rescue teams.

Original article can be found here ➤

HIGHGATE, Vt. A pilot loses control and crashes his helicopter.

It happened near the Franklin County Airport in Highgate Saturday afternoon. 

Police say the pilot Chandler Ede was hovering about 15 feet off the ground when a gust of wind caused him to lose control.

The single-seater helicopter crashed into a field not far from the runway. The 60-year-old from Highgate was brought to the hospital for minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to investigate the crash on Monday.

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