Tuesday, July 30, 2019

McDonnell Douglas 369E, N438RC: Accident occurred July 27, 2019 at Eugene Airport (KEUG), Lane County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

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


Location: Eugene, OR

Accident Number: WPR19LA205
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 2215 PDT
Registration: N438RC
Aircraft: Md Helicopter 369
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Other Work Use

On July 27, 2019, about 2215 Pacific daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas 369E helicopter, N438RC, landed hard at the Mahlon Sweet Field Airport (EUG), Eugene, Oregon. The commercial pilot and commercial rated passenger were seriously injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage throughout. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the Lane County Sheriff's Office as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which departed from an off airport site.

The pilots reported that as they approached the hangar area to land, they entered a right turn; the helicopter continued the turn into a spin. Unable to stop the spin, the commercial rated passenger took over the controls and reduced the power, but the helicopter descended quickly and landed hard. The landing skids spread and the tail rotor impacted the ground.

The helicopter was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Md Helicopter
Registration: N438RC
Model/Series: 369 E
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Lane County Sheriff's Office
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: EUG, 374 ft msl
Observation Time: 0954 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Eugene, OR (EUG)
Destination: Eugene, OR (EUG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 44.121389, -123.207222 (est)

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