Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Sikorsky UH-19D Chickasaw, N955TC: Accident occurred May 28, 2019 in Brewster, Okanogan County, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Brewster, WA
Accident Number: WPR19LA168
Date & Time: 05/28/2019, 1710 PDT
Registration: N955TC
Aircraft: Sikorsky UH19
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On May 28, 2019, about 1710 Pacific daylight time, a Sikorsky UH-19D helicopter, N955TC, was substantially damaged during an emergency autorotation near Brewster, Washington. Both pilots were uninjured. The helicopter was registered to Golden Aviation and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from private heliport near Brewster, Washington at unknown time.

The pilot reported that, while maneuvering at 50 ft above ground level, he heard a "BANG" followed by an increase in the engine speed and a decrease in the main rotor speed. He executed an autorotation which resulted in a hard landing and a subsequent substantial damage to the helicopter.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Sikorsky
Registration: N955TC
Model/Series: UH19 D
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Lowest Ceiling: Visibility
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
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