Saturday, March 23, 2019

Schweizer 269C, N139JS: Accident occurred September 03, 2018 at Delaware Municipal Airport (KDLZ), Ohio

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: DELAWARE, OH

Accident Number: GAA18CA539
Date & Time: 09/03/2018, 1620 EDT
Registration: N139JS
Aircraft: Schweizer 269C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that, while practicing "quick stops and steep approaches," he flared the helicopter too hard and too low, and the tail skid struck the runway, which resulted in a hard landing.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: 
The pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.


Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Abnormal runway contact (Defining event)
Hard landing
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial; Private
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/02/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/08/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 13000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 92.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 10000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 150 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schweizer
Registration: N139JS
Model/Series: 269C Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: S1704
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/30/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2050 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4921.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: HIO-360-D1A
Registered Owner: Blade Runners Chopper Llc
Rated Power: 190 hp
Operator: Blade Runners Chopper Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDLZ, 945 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2017 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 279°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: DELAWARE, OH (DLZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: DELAWARE, OH (DLZ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1600 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 945 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5800 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Stop and Go 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  40.278611, -83.103889 (est)

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