Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sikorsky S-76D, N761AF: Accident occurred May 16, 2019 at Morrilton Municipal Airport (KBDQ), Conway County, Arkansas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

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


Location: Morrilton, AR
Accident Number: CEN19LA146
Date & Time: 05/16/2019, 1830 CDT
Registration: N761AF
Aircraft: SIKORSKY S76
Injuries: 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Unspecified)

On May 15, 2019, about 1830 central daylight time, a Sikorsky S-76D helicopter, N761AF, experienced indications of smoke in the aft baggage compartment and completed an emergency landing at Morrilton Municipal Airport (BDQ) in Morrilton, Arkansas. The pilot, two crewmembers, and 3 passengers were not injured. The helicopter received substantial damage to the rotor drive shaft. The helicopter was operated by Arkansas Children's Hospital as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on-demand air taxi. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and VFR flight following was requested for the flight that originated at ACH Springdale Heliport (14AR) in Springdale, Arkansas, with an intended destination of Arkansas Children's Hospital Heliport (AR62) Little Rock, Arkansas.

The pilot reported that 43 minutes into the flight he experienced fumes in the cockpit. He turned the environmental control system off and immediately reduced altitude. Within seconds, he received visual and aural warnings of smoke within the aft baggage compartment. He initiated an emergency descent into BDQ, declaring an emergency with air traffic. He alerted the Arkansas Children's Hospital communications center of the situation and landed at BDQ without further incident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SIKORSKY
Registration: N761AF
Model/Series: S76
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Arkansas Children's Hospital
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 6 None
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