Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Bell 47G-3B-1 Sioux, registered to Treblig LLC and operated by the pilot, N1159W: Accident occurred November 02, 2018 near Wichita Valley Airport (F14), Iowa Park, Wichita County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N1159W

Location: Wichita Falls, TX
Accident Number: WPR19LA019
Date & Time: 11/02/2018, 1130 CDT
Registration: N1159W
Aircraft: Bell 47G
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On November 2, 2018, about 1130 central daylight time, a Bell 47G-3B-1, N1159W, impacted terrain after experiencing a total loss of engine power near the Wichita Valley Airport (F14), Wichita Falls, Texas. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and airline transport pilot were seriously injured and the helicopter exhibited substantial damage throughout. The helicopter was registered to Treblig LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from F14 at about 1105.

The pilot reported that they had completed five autorotations with a power recovery while in the traffic pattern for runway 31. They positioned the helicopter on a long approach for a hydraulics off autorotation. However, when the CFI turned off the hydraulics the engine lost complete power. The pilot handed the controls to the flight instructor. Unable to make the runway he elected to land in a nearby field. During the approach, the helicopter impacted powerlines before it landed hard. The main rotor blade severed the tailboom and the helicopter spun before it came to rest on its side.

The helicopter has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N1159W
Model/Series: 47G 3B1
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: SPS, 1019 ft msl
Observation Time: 1052 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wichita Falls, TX (F14)
Destination: Wichita Falls, TX (F14)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  33.941944, -98.602222 (est)



WICHITA COUNTY, TX (RNN Texoma) - Two men have been rushed to the hospital after a helicopter crashed near Iowa Park.

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office, Wichita Falls Fire Department, and Wichita Falls Police Department were called out to provide mutual aid just before noon.

The scene is near the intersection of Rifle Range Road and Business 287 near the Wichita Valley Airport. WFFD said the helicopter hit a power line on its way down but it is still unclear what caused the crash.

WFFD officials said there was no fire and hazmat crews were on the scene cleaning up fuel. DPS and FAA officials are on their way to the scene to begin their investigation. 

An eyewitness said they saw a helicopter in the area flying low and watched it go below a tree line and did not see it come back up around the time of the crash.

Wichita Co. Sheriff David Duke said one man was taken by ambulance and the other was flown to the hospital.

Original article ➤ http://www.newschannel6now.com




Update 11/2/18 1:06 pm

Wichita County Sheriff David Duke confirms that a helicopter crashed on the south side of the Fort Worth-Denver railroad tracks near FM 369. Two occupants were in the helicopter and both have been transported to United Regional and are in serious condition.

Original Post 11/2/18:

Report of a rotorcraft crash near Business 287 (Old Iowa Park Road) and F.M. 369 shortly before 11:30 am today. Multiple first responder units, police, the Wichita County Sheriff's Office and Air Evac have reportedly responded to the scene.

This is in the vicinity of Wichita Valley Airport, though it is unknown if the helicopter was taking off from or attempting to land there.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://newstalk1290.com

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