Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hughes 369HS, registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight, N119T: Accident occurred March 17, 2019 in Newberg, Yamhill County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon
Rolls-Royce Corporation; Indianapolis, Indiana
MD Helicopters; Mesa, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Newberg, OR
Accident Number: WPR19LA097
Date & Time: 03/17/2019, 1605 PDT
Registration: N119T
Aircraft: MD HELICOPTER 369
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 17, 2019, about 1605 Pacific daylight time, a McDonnel-Douglas, 369HS helicopter, N119T, experienced a loss of engine power and subsequently impacted terrain and rolled onto its right side about 2 miles north-west of Newberg, Oregon. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged to the fuselage and tail boom. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from the South Lewis County Airport (TDO) at 1445 and was destined for a landing area located about 17 miles south-west of Portland, OR, and from there to McMinnville, Oregon.

The pilot stated that he had taken off from TDO with about 170 pounds of fuel on board. He flew two passengers to a private property which was about 38 minutes away. He dropped off the two passengers and picked up a different passenger. During the takeoff, the low fuel light began to flicker on and off, and about six minutes into the flight, the engine lost power. The pilot initiated an autorotation and cycled the fuel boost pump in an attempt to regain power. Upon touchdown, the helicopter rolled onto its right side. The pilot and the passenger exited the helicopter unassisted.

The helicopter came to rest in an open field, and there was no post-impact fire. The pilot stated there were no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. The helicopter was relocated to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MD HELICOPTER
Registration: N119T
Model/Series: 369 HS
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Iron Eagle Helicopters
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Toledo, WA (KTDO)
Destination: McMinnville, OR (MMV) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

A pilot and his passenger walked away from the crash of a small helicopter Sunday in Newberg.

According to a release from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Robert Taylor, 46, of Washington, and his brother, Aaron Taylor, 43, of Beaverton, were flying from Beaverton to McMinnville when the aircraft lost power and Robert Taylor had to make an emergency landing.

"Upon arrival, both occupants of the rotorcraft had exited on their own, miraculously without injury," the release said. "The pilot's quick thinking and extensive flying background can be credited for their survival of this crash."

The aircraft came to rest near the intersection of Bell Road and Highway 219 in northern Newberg. Although the craft received extensive damage, it did not strike any buildings or individuals on the ground.

Fire personnel from the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue department responded to the scene, but neither the aircraft nor the grass beneath it caught fire. TVF&R officials said no fuel was found to have leaked from the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, the federal agencies responsible for investigating aircraft crashes, have been contacted about the crash. The aircraft was released back to Robert Taylor at the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤

Two brothers survived a helicopter crash late Sunday afternoon in Newberg, police said.

Robert Taylor, 46, was flying the helicopter from Beaverton to McMinnville with his brother Aaron when the rotorcraft lost power, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department said. 

Taylor performed an emergency landing in a field on the southwest corner of Highway 219 and Northeast Bell Road, just inside the city limits. 

The helicopter sustained major damage.

While the helicopter sustained major damage, the men got out on their own and were uninjured, police said.

Police said the pair survived thanks to Taylor’s quick thinking and extensive experience flying.

Original article can be found here ➤

NEWBERG, Oregon — Two people survived a helicopter crash Sunday afternoon in Newberg, police said.

The crash happened about 4:12 p.m. in a field near Highway 219 and Northeast Bell Road. 

Newberg-Dundee Officer Brian Hagen said both occupants exited the helicopter on their own after the crash, "miraculously without injury," even though the helicopter sustained serious damage.

The pilot, 46-year-old Robert Taylor, from Washington, and his brother, 43-year-old Aaron Taylor, from Beaverton, were flying from Beaverton to McMinnville when the helicopter lost power, forcing Robert to maneuver and emergency landing.

"The pilot's quick thinking and extensive flying background can be credited for their survival of this crash," Hagen said.

There were no fuel leaks from the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

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