Monday, January 14, 2019

Bell 206B JetRanger II, N88HC: Accident occurred January 11, 2019 in Yuma, Arizona

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. 

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Location: Yuma, AZ
Accident Number: WPR19TA061
Date & Time: 01/11/2019, 2100 MST
Registration: N88HC
Aircraft: Bell 206
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On January 11, 2019, about 2100 mountain standard time, a Bell 206B helicopter, N88HC, collided with a transmission wire near Yuma, Arizona. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter's fuselage was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical and operated by Tri-Rotor LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated from Tri-Rotor Ag Services Airport (AZ25), Somerton, Arizona, about 1800.

The operator reported that the pilot had been spraying fields for about 2 hours. The pilot was advised of wires in a field he was about to spray, and before loading, he flew to the field to look for them. As he was flying north over the field, the helicopter collided with the east/west running wires that were about 30 ft above the ground. The wire wrapped around the mast, and the helicopter subsequently collided with the ground coming to rest inverted.

The pilot reported that he never saw the wires, and that there were no mechanical anomalies with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

The operator reported that this accident could possibly have been prevented if the field had been looked at during the daylight. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N88HC
Model/Series: 206 B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Tri-Rotor LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNYL
Observation Time: 2057 MST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Somerton, AZ (AZ25)
Destination: Somerton, AZ (AZ25)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 32.619444, -114.645556 (est)

A pilot was injured late Friday night after the crop duster he was flying crashed in a field in the area of County 14th Street and Avenue B, according to information provided by the Rural/Metro Fire Department.

According to the Rural Metro Fire Department, the crash happened at around 9 p.m. that involved a crop-dusting helicopter. 

Firefighters arrived at the scene and secured the area due to the downed power lines. 

The helicopter pilot was treated at the scene and was transported to a nearby hospital. 

Power lines near the area are currently down so fire officials are warning the community to avoid the area. 

Arizona Public Service currently at the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤

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