Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Low Altitude Operation/Event: Bell 206B, N454MS; accident occurred July 27, 2019 in Dukedom, Tennessee

View of damaged and separated tailcone. 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Dukedom, TN
Accident Number: GAA19CA457
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 1230 CDT
Registration: N454MS
Aircraft: Bell 206
Aircraft Damage: Substantial 
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

The helicopter pilot reported that, during an aerial application low pass, shortly after he leveled off the helicopter from a turn, the helicopter struck wires, and impacted terrain.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, main and tail rotor systems.

The operator reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 31, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied:Right 
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/08/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/11/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1892 hours (Total, all aircraft), 422 hours (Total, this make and model), 1052 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 154 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 127 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N454MS
Model/Series: 206 B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 1627
Landing Gear Type:Skid 
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/21/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Shaft
Airframe Total Time: 11744 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Allison
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: C-20B-250
Registered Owner: Cb Couch Inc
Rated Power: 420 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As: Vertical Air Services Technology
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KUCY, 341 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1715 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 252°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Dukedom, TN
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Dukedom, TN
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1225 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.447778, -88.722500 (est)

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