Saturday, September 21, 2019

Bell 47G-4A, N6064H: Accident occurred August 27, 2019 at North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT), Clark County, Nevada

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: North Las Vegas, NV
Accident Number: WPR19TA245
Date & Time: 08/27/2019, 1716 PDT
Registration: N6064H
Aircraft: Bell 47G
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 27, 2019, about 1716 Pacific daylight time, a Bell 47G-4A helicopter, N6064H, collided with a fuel support trailer and rolled onto its left side at North Las Vegas airport, North Las Vegas, Nevada. The private pilot and pilot-rated-passenger were not injured. The helicopter received substantial damage to the main rotor, tail rotor, and fuselage. The helicopter was registered to the pilot who was operating it as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the airport at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, he had recently purchased the helicopter and had flown it only two times. On the third flight attempt he could not keep the engine and main rotor within the green arc of the dual tachometer so he cancelled his flight and requested a maintenance shop to remove the spark plugs in order to inspect them. On the day of the accident, he and the pilot-rated-passenger cleaned and reinstalled the spark plugs. They then entered the helicopter where the pilot started the helicopter and brought it up to a hover. The pilot was experiencing difficulties establishing a stable hover so he gave the controls to the pilot-rated-passenger. The helicopter subsequently drifted backwards into the fuel support trailer and rolled over onto its left side.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N6064H
Model/Series: 47G 4A
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Departure Point: North Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Destination: North Las Vegas, NV (VGT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
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LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A helicopter had a hard landing at North Las Vegas airport on Tuesday. The privately-owned Bell 47G-4A was under maintenance and was being tested when the hard landing occurred.  The helicopter was hovering at low altitude before it hit the ground around 3 p.m. Two people were on the helicopter during the hard landing.  Christine Crews with the Clark County Department of Aviation says that no injuries were reported.  Fire crews responded to the scene because of a fuel leak, but no fire broke out because of the crash.  Operations at the airport have not been affected by the incident.

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