Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hughes 369D, N5187S: Fatal accident occurred November 02, 2018 in McDougal, Clay County, Arkansas

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

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


Location: McDougal, AR
Accident Number: CEN19FA020
Date & Time: 11/02/2018, 1330 CDT
Registration: N5187S
Aircraft: Hughes 369
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load

On October 2, 2018 about 1330 central daylight time (CDT), a Hughes 369D, N5187S/N454AR, was destroyed when it impacted a utility pole and, subsequently, terrain in McDougal, Arkansas. The helicopter departed from a grass landing zone with two linemen attached for short haul operations in connection with utility line work. The commercial pilot was fatally injured and the two lineman sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the external load operation that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133, and no flight plan had been filed.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hughes
Registration: N5187S
Model/Series: 369 D
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft External Load (133) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPOF, 327 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / 19 knots, 220°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.436667, -90.452500

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Erik John Raisanen
October 21, 1973 - November 2, 2018

The world is a much sadder place today because Erik John Raisanen, 45, formerly of Brainerd, Minnesota, and 18-year resident of Newport News and Hampton, Virginia, died unexpectedly of injuries sustained in a helicopter crash while at work in Arkansas on November 2, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Frances Bright; his 12 year old son Jake Raisanen; daughter Kiera Raisanen; stepsons David Doss (Kelly), Andrew Doss (Shanena Smith), Kevin Doss (Shelby Smith) and Ben Doss; as well as his parents, Don and Sandy Raisanen, of Punta Gorda, Florida; his brother Davin Raisanen (Christa), sister Elin Le Claire (Jarod), and granddaughter Ivy Doss, as well as a host of other family members and many close friends, especially Matthew Miles and Elijah Kramer, both of Brainerd, Minnesota. All will miss him more than words can say, and his absence will be felt for many years to come.

Erik was born on October 21, 1973, in Saint Paul and was educated in Brainerd, Minnesota, earning Associate’s degrees in Business Administration and Small Engine Repair. He worked as a carpenter for many years but really came to life when he earned his helicopter pilot license in 2010. In flying helicopters, he found his real calling.

Erik was a man who saw the potential in life. He always embraced new experiences, learning new things, and lived life to the fullest- skydiving, motorcycle riding, scuba diving, camping, hunting, fishing, martial arts and all kinds of weaponry, reading, making beer, playing drums, and cooking. Everything he did was done with passion and a fully committed thoroughness that is rare. When he worked, he worked hard and strove for excellence, and when he spent time with his family and close friends, he did so with equal dedication. He saw the humor in situations and in people, and lightened the hearts of those around him. He could always make you laugh. In all he did, he earned the respect and admiration of those who knew him.

Erik was bold and never let the risk of failure prevent him from trying something new. He really enjoyed new adventures, new experiences, and children. He was a much beloved Boy Scout Leader of Troop 84 in Hampton, and his attention and guidance will be sorely missed by the young lives he touched. He dedicated a lot of his time to his children, and shared in their discovery and exploration of the world, offering guidance and sharing the adventure of life with them. It was not uncommon for him to sword fight and wrestle with his kids and their friends from the neighborhood all afternoon. As teens, he spent hours talking to them and taking them to watch movies and play video games. He stood as an example of what it means to be a good man, how to make sacrifices for others, and how to be strong in the face of adversity. He didn’t tell others what they should do or be; he illustrated how to work to build a better life and a happy family, and how to get back up when something knocks you down. He always chose to be happy.

Erik was fearless, and in his presence, he brought out courage in others. He encouraged them to be their best by his intrepid example and by his generous support. His actions were guided by a deep faith in God. He treated others fairly and accepted them exactly as they were. Erik was a man who really listened – he gave advice only if asked, and it was always carefully considered and wise. The light of his spirit helped others’ lights to grow brighter. He illuminated so many lives. His desire, above all, was to ensure the happiness of those that he loved.

Erik was a man who truly loved his life, his wife, all his children, his family, and his job with unbridled passion. Because his capacity to love was so immense, the loss of it is equally immense. His loss has literally torn a hole in our hearts. He will be dearly missed by all. Grief is the price we will pay for loving him so much.

Fly high Soumiman.

A memorial service for Erik John Raisanen will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 1:00 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Chapel, 12893 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA, 23608.


"At approximately 1:15 pm on November 2nd E-911 received a call from Air2 Electrical Construction Company operating East of McDougal reporting a helicopter crash. Upon arriving at the scene Emergency Medical Services and First Responders discovered the pilot of the rotorcraft to be deceased. The Clay County Coroner's Office recovered the body and it has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine cause of death. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will be arriving tomorrow for further investigation. Sheriff Miller has nothing more to report at this time. The Clay County Sheriff's Department would like to extend our condolences to the family of the pilot and prayers to all those involved." -Clay County Sheriff's Department

CLAY COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Virginia man died Friday when his helicopter crashed in Clay County.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells Region 8 News the pilot was Erik John Raisanen of Hampton, Virginia. He was flying a helicopter belong to Air2, which was contracted by Entergy Arkansas.

His helicopter crashed just before 1:30 p.m. Friday off Highway 62 near County Road 245, just west of McDougal.

Entergy Arkansas released the following statement;

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim of this tragic event as well as with the entire Air2 family. Air2 is a contractor and was working for Entergy at the time of the accident. - Kerri Jackson Case, Sr. Communications Specialist Entergy Arkansas

Arkansas State Police, local fire crews, EMTs, and the Clay County Office of Emergency Services were also on the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.kait8.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Helicopter: a large collection of very expensive parts flying in formation, each waiting for an opportunity to kill you!