Monday, April 29, 2019

Bell 206B-3 Jet Ranger III, registered to and operated by Wilbur Ellis Company under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an agricultural aerial application flight, N206JH: Accident occurred April 26, 2019 in Oakridge, Lane 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; Indianapolis, Indiana 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N206JH

Location: Oakridge, OR
Accident Number: WPR19LA122
Date & Time: 04/26/2019, 0700 PDT
Registration: N206JH
Aircraft: Bell 206
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On April 26, 2019, about 0700 Pacific daylight time, a Bell 206B, N206JH, struck trees during a forced landing in Oakridge, Oregon. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Wilbur Ellis Company under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an agricultural aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed from a remote landing spot in Oakridge at 0642.

The pilot had just sprayed a load of herbicide on trees, and was maneuvering the helicopter for a final pass to complete the dispersal, when he heard a faint buzzing sound that lasted about 1 to 2 seconds. There were no accompanying annunciator light warnings, and he did not hear any alert horns, but noticed that the engine power turbine (N2) gauge was oscillating about the 11 to 12 o'clock position (50-65% range). The rotor tachometer speed remained within the operating range, and he decided to perform an autorotation. With no landing spots close by, the helicopter landed on sloping tree-covered terrain and rolled over. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N206JH
Model/Series: 206 B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Wilbur Ellis Co
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRBG, 509 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 43 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Oakridge, OR
Destination: Oakridge, OR 

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: 43.553889, -122.475833

OAKRIDGE, Oregon -- A helicopter crash has been confirmed in rural Lane County Friday morning.

Lane County Sheriff's Office says the pilot is OK and with the helicopter.

The pilot has refused medical care, the sheriff's office said.

The Bell 206 crashed around 7:15 a.m. Friday while doing agricultural spraying, according to Peter Knudsen with the National Transportation Safety Board.

NTSB confirmed that the pilot was not injured but that the helicopter suffered substantial damage.

As of 9:30 a.m., emergency personnel hadn’t yet made their way to the wreck because it is in such a remote area, about an hour from Oakridge, according to the sheriff's office.

There are no base camps or staging areas at this time, officials said, as they are attempting to reach the site through downed trees and rural terrain.

There is no cell service in the area of the crash. The pilot managed to reach air traffic controllers by radio.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://nbc16.com

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