Monday, January 14, 2019

Aerospatiale AS 350B2 Ecureuil, registered to and operated by Air Evac EMS Inc, N346AE: Accident occurred January 11, 2019 at Ponca City Regional Airport (KPNC), Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ponca City, OK
Accident Number: CEN19LA068
Date & Time: 01/11/2019, 1145 CST
Registration: N346AE
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning

On January11, 2019, about 1145 central standard time, an Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 helicopter, N346AE, sustained substantial damage during a dynamic rollover during landing at the Ponca City Regional Airport (PNC). The pilot and passenger were not injured. The helicopter received damage to the rotor blades, fuselage and tail boom. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Air Evac EMS, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on company visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Ponca City Hospital about 1141. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N346AE
Model/Series: AS350 B2
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Air Evac Ems Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: EVCA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PNC, 1008 ft msl
Observation Time: 1742 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Unknown
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 900 ft agl
Visibility:  4 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  Company VFR
Departure Point: Ponca City, OK
Destination: Ponca City, OK (PNC) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.725278, -97.101944

PONCA CITY, Oklahoma — No serious injuries were reported after a medical helicopter came in for a crash landing on Friday at the Ponca City Regional Airport.

A witness told the Ponca City News everything sounded normal about the approach, then there was an explosion-type noise. The witness told the newspaper they “didn’t think much about it, business as usual, and then there was a huge boom. We knew it wasn’t thunder, and that it was bad.”

The Air Evac EMS helicopter had two pilots aboard at the time of the 11:46 a.m. crash. The Ponca City News reported the pair were seen moving away from the scene under their own power as emergency crews responded.

As it does with all aircraft crashes, the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause.

Original article can be found here ➤

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