Saturday, December 14, 2019

Enstrom F-28F, N65RS: Accident occurred December 11, 2019 in Riverton,, Salt Lake County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Riverton, UT
Accident Number: WPR20TA039
Date & Time: 12/11/2019, 1600 MST
Registration: N65RS
Aircraft: ENSTROM F28
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 11, 2019, about 1600 mountain standard time, An Enstrom F28 Helicopter, N65RS, impacted terrain on private property near Riverton, Utah. The uncertificated pilot received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was not registered and was being operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from the pilot's property.

According to the pilot, it was his intention to relocate the helicopter from one spot on his property to another, in order to load it on a trailer. He stated the helicopter had not been flown recently and that he had not flown a helicopter in years. He took off and repositioned the helicopter to land at the new location. He said that during the approach to land, he lost his tail rotor, struck a bush with his main rotor and landed hard as a result.

According to a witness, he observed the helicopter while it appeared to be landing in a field. He stated the helicopter got close to the ground, then popped up to about 40 to 50 ft in the air. He said the helicopter then started to rotate about the main rotor axis and drifted into a tree. He observed the helicopter land hard and then called 911. The helicopter was relocated to the owner's barn for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ENSTROM
Registration: N65RS
Model/Series: F28
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KU42
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Riverton, UT
Destination: Riverton, UT

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: 40.483056, -111.940556

BLUFFDALE, Utah, December 11, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The FAA is investigating after a helicopter crashed Wednesday afternoon in Bluffdale, officials told Gephardt Daily.

The report of a downed rotorcraft came in at 4:46 p.m., Sgt. N. Stidham, Saratoga Springs Police Department, told Gephardt Daily. Officials responded to the area of 14850 S. Redwood Road.

“Officers arrived quickly, and learned the pilot had been transported by a private party to an area hospital with minor injuries,” Stidman said. “It was a male pilot, 66 years old.”

Stidman said he did not know if the pilot was alone in the Enstrom F-28F helicopter.

“Investigator handed over to FAA at this point,” he said. “It is unknown at this time if any other individuals in there.”

Stidman said the damage to the craft appeared significant, and he doubted it could be repaired, but he added that he is not a helicopter expert.

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