Friday, September 13, 2019

Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III, N100CK: Accident occurred September 12, 2019 in Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hill City, SD
Accident Number: CEN19LA318
Date & Time: 09/12/2019, 1410 MDT
Registration: N100CK
Aircraft: Bell 206
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 12, 2019, about 1410 mountain daylight, a Bell 206B, N100CK, landed hard following a loss of engine power near Hill City, South Dakota. The pilot and passenger were not injured, and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to an LLC and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight, which operated without a flight plan.

According to information provided by the pilot, while performing a landing to a field and about 20 ft above ground level, the engine stopped producing power. The helicopter descended, landed hard, and rolled on its side. Substantial damage was sustained to the fuselage and tail boom.

The helicopter was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Model/Series: 206 B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:No 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCUT, 5545 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots / 31 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.932500, -103.583611 (est)

Hill City crews responded to a helicopter crash Thursday afternoon. 

The Hill City Volunteer Fire Department posted to its Facebook page Thursday that a helicopter had crashed just west of Hill City. 

The two occupants got out with minor injuries, the post said. 

The helicopter, however, was heavily damaged. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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