Saturday, January 04, 2020

Aérospatiale SE 3130 Alouette II, N92785: Accident occurred January 04, 2020 in Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

NTSB Identification: WPR20CA059
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 04, 2020 in Mokelumne Hill, CA
Aircraft: Sud Aviation SE 3130 ALOUETTE II, registration: N92785

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 crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 04-JAN-20
Time: 20:09:00Z
Regis#: N92785
Aircraft Model: SE3130
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

A light utility helicopter crashed in the vicinity of Mokelumne Hill on Saturday, a representative of the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.

Allen Kenizter in the FAA Office of Communications said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Kenizter said only a single pilot was reported to be on board the helicopter, which crashed under unknown circumstances.

Local authorities would likely have information related to the pilot’s condition, he said.

Representatives of Cal Fire, Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District and the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment. 

According to the FAA database, the helicopter is an SE 3130 Alouette II and was manufactured in 1958. The manufacturer is French in origin and cited as SNIAS, or “Société nationale industrielle aérospatiale.” The FAA described the craft as having a turbo-shaft engine manufactured by Turbomeca.

The registered owner is a Mokelumne Hill man with an address on the 9200 block of Highway 26. 

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Update at 1:30 p.m.: CAL Fire reports the Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and they have reported the helicopter crash to the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate. It is unclear if the helicopter was taking off, landing or just enroute when it plummeted to the ground.

Original post at 12:25 p.m.: Mokelumne Hill — First responders are on the scene of a helicopter crash in the area of Mokelumne Hill in Calaveras County.

The incident happened on a landing strip at the end of the 8700 block of Easy Bird Road near Highways 26 and 49. 

CAL Fire reports that is was the Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District Chief Michael Dell'Orto who spotted the helicopter descending called it in to dispatch.  

All of the occupants were able to escape from the helicopter uninjured before it burst into flames, according to CAL Fire.

Investigators are at the scene actively trying to determine what caused the crash. 

There is no word on the helicopter’s make or model at this time.

Fire crews quickly put out the blaze.

There was major damage to the helicopter as a result of the crash and flames that left it charred and mangled on the airstrip, according to CAL Fire.  

The crash occurred shortly after noon on Saturday.

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