Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Robinson R66 Turbine, registered to and operated by Skyline Helicopters LLC under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight, N766WC: Accident occurred April 20, 2019 in St. Jacob, Madison County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis FSDO - Saint Ann, Missouri 

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


Location:  St Jacob, IL
Accident Number: CEN19LA123
Date & Time: 04/20/2019, 1930 CDT
Registration: N766WC
Aircraft: Robinson R66
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On April 20, 2019, at 1930 central daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R66, N766WC, impacted an unmarked powerline and terrain during an aerial application of a field near St Jacob, Illinois. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The airline transport pilot received serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Skyline Helicopters LLC under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The local flight originated from St Jacob, Illinois at 1915. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N766WC
Model/Series: R66 No Series
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Skyline Helicopters LLC
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: BLV, 459 ft msl
Observation Time: 1856 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: St Jacob, IL
Destination: St Jacob, IL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:  N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  38.699722, -89.775000 (est)

ST. JACOB, Illinois – Saturday evening around 7:30 pm, a small helicopter was spraying a field when it clipped a power line and crashed.  The incident happened in the 10000 block of West Asper Road in rural Madison County near St. Jacob Illinois.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office tells Fox 2/News 11 the pilot suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The sheriff’s office has secured the scene and notified the FAA and NTSB of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://fox2now.com

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