Saturday, March 30, 2019

Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil, N818MC: Fatal accident occurred March 27, 2019 in Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Impacted terrain under unknown circumstances while conducting controlled hazard reduction burn.


Mountain Air Helicopters Inc


https://registry.faa.gov/N818MC


Date: 20-MAR-19

Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N818MC
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: AS 350 B3
Event Type:
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: MOUNTAIN AIR
City: CONROE
State: TEXAS

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.




Daniel J. Laird, a helitack captain from the Tahoe National Forest, died Wednesday in a helicopter accident on the Sam Houston National Forest in Montgomery County, Texas.

Laird, 41, was on temporary assignment to the Sam Houston National Forest due to his experience as a long-time helitack member. He became a permanent helitack member in 2003 after serving as a seasonal employee. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Laird, a 23-year Forest Service employee, was joined by two other crew members on a helicopter assisting a routine controlled burn on the forest when the helicopter went down. The two other crew members were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The incident is currently under investigation.

“Daniel started as a seasonal firefighter on the Tahoe and worked his way up to Helitack Captain. His passion was in aviation, but he was also known for his ability to lead a strike team of engines or a task force of hand crews and heavy equipment. He was a true leader in every sense. He was dedicated to being an instructor and a believer in the apprentice program, where he helped grow people just like himself. Daniel was originally from Graeagle, CA, and committed his working life to the Forest Service. He was extremely knowledgeable about his craft and loved his job. He had an infectious smile, natural physical talent, and his greatest love of all was his family,” said Randy Moore, Forest Service Region 5 Regional Forester.

“Our hearts and condolences go out to Daniel, his family, friends, and co-workers,” said Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. “We’re very proud of his service and commitment to the agency and our nation. Tragedies of this nature serve as a reminder of the honorable work and sacrifices made by women and men like Daniel. They daily commit themselves to supporting and protecting communities around the country.”

Forest Service spokesperson Joe Navratil said, “The USDA Forest Service is providing Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) to Daniel’s co-workers on the Tahoe National Forest and other agency personnel affected by his tragic loss. The CISM consists of critical incident stress debriefing as well as peer-to-peer support. The effort is carried out by a team of professional clinicians and agency employees trained in grief support and with professional oversight. The team will provide care as long as is needed.”

Editor’s note: Our sincere condolences to Daniel’s family, friends and his coworkers on the Tahoe National Forest.


Original article can be found here ➤ https://yubanet.com



MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A helicopter assisting with a controlled burn operation in the Sam Houston National Forest crashed Wednesday afternoon, killing one person and injuring two others on board.

According to the Texas Department of Safety, a 2009 Eurocopter AS 350 went down near Bethel Road, about four miles south of FM 149. 

The two victims injured in the crash were transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center in stable condition, DPS said. 

DPS added that there were two firefighters and a pilot on board. A male firefighter died on impact, officials said. A female firefighter and the pilot were alert and talking. 

No firefighters on the ground were injured. 

Officials with the FAA are investigating while the NTSB is expected to arrive tomorrow. 

It's not immediately known what caused the helicopter to crash. 

Story and video ➤ https://abc13.com



Authorities are investigating a deadly helicopter crash in northwest Montgomery County on Wednesday.

A 2009 Eurocopter AStar 350 helicopter assisting the U.S. Forest Service with a controlled burn in the Sam Houston National Forest crashed, killing one firefighter on board and injuring two others in the helicopter, according to The Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS tweeted that the helicopter reportedly went down on Bethel Road near FM 149.

One person inside the chopper died on scene, while the two others, a U.S. Forest Service employee and the helicopter's pilot, have been taken to a hospital, according to DPS.

They were rushed to Conroe Regional Medical Center in stable condition.

The FAA is investigating.

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