Monday, March 04, 2019

Bell 407GX, N450AM: Accident occurred March 03, 2019 in Union Center, Meade County, South Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Union Center, SD
Accident Number: CEN19LA092
Date & Time: 03/03/2019, 0013 MST
Registration: N450AM
Aircraft: Bell 407
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Unspecified) 

On March 3, 2019, about 0013 mountain standard time, a Bell 407 helicopter, N450AM, was substantially damaged on the ground near Union Center, South Dakota. The pilot and one crew member were not injured. One crew member sustained minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and it is unknown if a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The helicopter had arrived at the landing zone at Union Center to pick up a patient.

According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident, the helicopter had just landed and the pilot was conducting the routine engine cool down segment before shutting the helicopter down. The flight paramedic disembarked from the helicopter and the ambulance drove towards the helicopter. The main rotor blades of the helicopter impacted the top of the ambulance resulting in substantial damaged to the main rotor blades, tail boom, and fuselage, of the helicopter.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N450AM
Model/Series: 407
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Air Methods Corp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRAP, 3203 ft msl
Observation Time: 0052 MST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: -24°C / -29°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.42 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: , SD
Destination: Union Center, SD (None)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:

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