Saturday, October 27, 2018

Controlled Flight into Object: Bell OH-58A Kiowa, N1032F; accident occurred October 27, 2018 in Carson City, Nevada

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Carson City, NV
Accident Number: GAA19CA039
Date & Time: 10/27/2018, 1445 PST
Registration: N1032F
Aircraft: Bell OH 58A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

The helicopter pilot reported that, while maneuvering at a low altitude the main rotor blades struck power lines. He executed an emergency landing without further incident. The pilot added that the power lines were concealed by the sun and that the power lines were not annotated in his VFR sectional chart.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Private
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/12/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/18/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 6912 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2025 hours (Total, this make and model), 4696 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 113 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N1032F
Model/Series: OH 58A No Series
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:
Serial Number: 70-15595
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/10/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Shaft
Airframe Total Time: 7027 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rolls Royce
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: T63-A720
Registered Owner: Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Rated Power: 420 hp
Operator: Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCXP, 4699 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2215 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 115°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots / 15 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Reno, NV (RNO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Carson City, NV (CXP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1245 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 39.208889, -119.804722 (est)

CARSON CITY, Nevada (KOLO)-- 5:47 p.m. update: The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District will patrol the Duck Hill Fire and monitor it overnight.

Hand crews will also remain on scene with water hoses as winds are expected to pick up overnight.

Sunday is forecast as a Red Flag Day for higher fire risk.

Electricity has been restored to almost all the homes in the area.

5:18 p.m. update:  The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District said some lanes of northbound Interstate 580 are being opened again so Carson City traffic can drive to Reno.

The southbound Interstate 580 lanes are also open.

4:01 p.m. update: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Raven was providing support for Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Carson City to hold a rally for Sen. Dean Heller when it hit a power line and had to make an emergency landing, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.

The pilot of the Sikorsky H60 did a controlled landing on the northbound lane of Interstate 580 and then the fire started, the FAA said.

There were no reported injuries.

The Lakeview area is without power. NV Energy expects to restore power by 5:30 p.m.

3:35 p.m. update:  The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Raven started the fire on Duck Hill after hitting a power line and making an emergency landing, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said.

No other details were released.

Interstate 580 is closed in both directions from Carson City to the south end of Washoe Lake.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District reports the fire is 5 acres with a slow rate of spread and crews are getting a handle on it.

No buildings are threatened by the fire.

Original story:  There is a fire on Duck Hill north of Carson City.

The Nevada Highway Patrol reports that Interstate 580 is shut down in both directions due to the brush fire and due to a downed power line.

The fire is near Interstate 580 and Eastlake Boulevard.

It is burning in Washoe County at the south end of Washoe Valley.

Original article can be found here ➤

CARSON CITY, Nevada (News 4 & Fox 11) —   A five-acre brush fire in Washoe Valley was started after the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Raven helicopter hit a power line and then made an emergency landing on Saturday, Oct. 27.

There are no reports of any injuries.

It happened just before 3 p.m. and fire crews were able to extinguish the fire before it damaged any structures.

According to the sheriff's office, Raven was flying as part of Vice President Mike Pence's motorcade that was heading to Carson City for a Republican rally.

The southbound lanes of I-580 have been reopened with no restrictions. The northbound lanes are also back open, with one section in the far right lane shut down where the helicopter is located.

About 215 NV Energy customers in the Lakeview community are without power. NV Energy is one the scene working to restore power.

Fire crews are on the scene mopping up.

Original article can be found here ➤

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