Saturday, October 13, 2018

Bell 47G-2, registered to Northland Helicopters Inc and operated by Scott's Helicopters, N90529: Accident occurred June 15, 2017 in Hastings, Marshan Township, Dakota County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Missouri

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N90529



Location: Hastings, MN
Accident Number: CEN17LA232
Date & Time: 06/15/2017, 1000 CDT
Registration: N90529
Aircraft: BELL-TELLIJOHN 47G
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Unknown or undetermined
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On June 15, 2017, about 1000 central daylight time, a Bell 47G helicopter, N90529, experienced a loss of engine power near Hastings, Minnesota. The commercial pilot was seriously injured and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to Northland Helicopters, Inc. and operated by Scott's Helicopters, La Sueur, Minnesota under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and which operated without a flight plan.

According to information obtained by the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, after completing an aerial application, the helicopter was in cruise flight for the destination. Initially, the accident was reported as a loss of engine power; however, later the pilot reported shutting down the engine after impacting in a field. The pilot stated that the helicopter impacted the ground in a nose low attitude with a right roll tendency. The wreckage was examined on scene by the FAA inspectors and they did not find any anomalies with the helicopter. Fractured control rods were retained and examined, and no preimpact anomalies were detected.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 32, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/18/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/02/2015
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BELL-TELLIJOHN
Registration: N90529
Model/Series: 47G 2
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: NT1958-1
Landing Gear Type: Skid;
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/05/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2850 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  14407.7 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: VO-435A1F
Registered Owner: NORTHLAND HELICOPTERS INC
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: Scott's Helicopter Service Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRGK, 780 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0955 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 114°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 21 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.8 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hastings, MN
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hastings, MN
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.707500, -92.851389 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA232
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Hastings, MN
Aircraft: BELL-TELLIJOHN 47G, registration: N90529
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 15, 2017, about 1000 central daylight time, a Bell 47G helicopter, N90529, experienced a hard landing near Hastings, Minnesota. The pilot was seriously injured and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to NorthLand Helicopters Inc and operated by Scott's Helicopters, La Sueur, Minnesota under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and which operated without a flight plan.

According to preliminary information obtained by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector, after completing an aerial application, the helicopter entered in cruise flight for the return flight. The helicopter then experienced a loss of engine power. The helicopter descended and impacted terrain.

The helicopter was retained for further examination.

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