Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Bell OH-58A, registered to and operated by the Omaha Police Department as a public aircraft operations flight under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N109PD: Accident occurred April 16, 2019 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska
Rolls Royce Corporation; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Omaha, NE
Accident Number: CEN19LA121
Date & Time: 04/16/2019, 0730 CDT
Registration: N109PD
Aircraft: Bell OH 58A
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Public Aircraft 

On April 16, 2019, at 0730 central daylight time, a Bell OH-58A helicopter, N109PD, impacted terrain during an autorotation following a partial loss of engine power near Omaha, Nebraska. The pilot and co-pilot were not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the Omaha Police Department as a public aircraft operations flight under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area at the time of the accident. The flight originated from the North Omaha Airport (3N0), Omaha, Nebraska, at the time of the accident and was destined for Blair, Nebraska.

According to the Omaha Police Department, shortly after takeoff and climbing through about 200-250 ft above ground level, the pilots recognized an audible horn, low rotor RPM, and a loss of engine power indications in the cockpit. The flying pilot, who was seated in the right seat, entered an autorotation in an attempt to recover rotor RPM. The pilots observed the best suitable landing area was north and west of 3N0. Upon touchdown in the soft terrain, the forward landing gear skids dug into the terrain, and the helicopter rocked forward and backward which then caused the main rotor blades to contact the tail boom. The helicopter came to rest upright with the tail boom separated from the airframe.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N109PD
Model/Series: OH 58A No Series
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Omaha Police Department
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: OMA
Observation Time: 0552 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Omaha, NE (3NO)
Destination: Blair, NE (BTA) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

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