Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III, N218GH: Accident occurred August 27, 2019 at Gillespie Field Airport (KSEE), El Cajon, San Diego County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego

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NTSB Identification: GAA19CA519
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in San Diego, CA
Aircraft: Bell 206, registration: N218GH

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Rotorcraft rolled over onto side during landing and caught fire.

Date: 27-AUG-19
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N218GH
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: B206
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

EL CAJON, California (KGTV) - A news helicopter had what County of San Diego officials called a “troubled” landing in El Cajon Tuesday.

The incident with the Bell 206B helicopter was reported about 2:15 p.m. in the parking area of Gillespie Field at 681 Kenney St., Santee Fire reported.

Video recorded by the news helicopter appears that it was a normal landing in which the helicopter skids land on a movable platform called a dolly. The dolly can then be pulled into a hangar. It seems from the last seconds of the video clip that one of the helicopter skids may have missed the platform and the chopper then tipped over.

When emergency crews arrived, the helicopter was on its side.

The pilot was not hurt but the passenger was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

Hazardous Materials teams were notified of a small fire and fuel spill, according to the County.

"The aircraft rolled over while landing, caught fire and sustained substantial damage. The degree of damage means this will be classified as an accident," said Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Ian McGregor.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the landing.

The news helicopter is operated by a third party and shared by five San Diego media outlets, including 10News.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.10news.com

SANTEE —  A television news helicopter rolled onto its side while landing Tuesday afternoon at a hangar on Gillespie Field, sending the pilot to a hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

The Bell 206B helicopter — wrapped with CBS News 8 graphics, but shared by several local news stations — crashed about 2:10 p.m. at a hangar off Kenney Street in Santee, on the north end of El Cajon’s Gillespie Field, according to Santee Fire Chief John Garlow and Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

Two people on board the rotorcraft were able to free themselves, Garlow said, adding that at least one was reportedly taken by medics to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

“Preliminary reports are neither (occupant) was seriously injured,” Kenitzer said in an email.

The chopper “went down within the grounds of the airport” and the pilot suffered minor injuries, El Cajon police Lt. Royal Bates said in an email.

Santee firefighters extinguished a small fire at the scene and were dealing with a fuel spill, Garlow said. Hazardous material crews from the city and county of San Diego also responded to the scene to help deal with the fuel spill.

The tail section of the helicopter broke off, and its top rotor blades appeared mangled.

According to local television stations, the helicopter is operated by a third party and shared by five San Diego media outlets, including 10News, CBS 8, NBC 7 San Diego and others.

By about 3:30 p.m., a small crane had lifted the helicopter upright onto its skids.

Kenitzer said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Original article ➤ https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com

SAN DIEGO -- A television news helicopter rolled onto its side and caught fire Tuesday afternoon during a hard landing at Gillespie Field, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The hard landing happened around 2:15 p.m. There were two people on board the aircraft but neither were seriously injured, according to preliminary reports.

Multiple news stations, including FOX 5, share the helicopter video for news coverage.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Story and video ➤ https://fox5sandiego.com

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