Thursday, March 05, 2020

Bell 206L-1 Long Ranger, N32AE: Accident occurred March 04, 2020 in Clark, Randolph County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri
Air Evac Lifeteam; O’Fallon, Missouri
Transportation Safety Board of Canada; Gatineau, FN

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Clark, MO
Accident Number: CEN20LA113
Date & Time: 03/04/2020, 1842 CST
Registration: N32AE
Aircraft:Bell 206
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Unspecified) 

On March 4, 2020, about 1842 central standard time, a Bell 206 helicopter, N32AE, impacted terrain during a forced landing following an inflight loss of engine power near Clark, Missouri. The commercial pilot, two crew members, and one patient were uninjured. The helicopter tailboom sustained substantial damage during the autorotation. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Air Evac EMS Inc. as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 helicopter air ambulance patient transfer flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was operated on a company visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Northeast Regional Medical Center Heliport, near Kirksville, Missouri, about 1812 and was destined for the Boone Hospital Center Heliport, near Columbia, Missouri.

The pilot reported that the helicopter yawed right, an RPM light illuminated, and an RPM audio indication occurred. The engine was still running. However, it had dropped below 90%. The pilot advised the crew that the flight was landing, and he turned the helicopter towards a field. RPM returned to 97%. The pilot elected to continue the forced landing. The pilot applied a collective input about 5 to 10 ft above the ground. The tailboom was wrinkled during the landing.

A postaccident examination of the helicopter revealed that a pneumatic line exhibited a separation near its filter connection. The line and filter have been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N32AE
Model/Series: 206 L1
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Air Evac Ems Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: EVCA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCOU, 778 ft msl
Observation Time: 1854 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Kirksville, MO (MU92)
Destination: Columbia, MO (91MO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.277222, -92.357500 (est)

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Missouri - There were no injuries after a helicopter made an emergency landing in southern Randolph County on Wednesday night.

First responders tell ABC 17 News that a medical helicopter transporting a patient made an emergency landing near Highway 63 and Route B. The scene is near Clark, about 15 minutes south of Moberly.

The ambulance service said someone called in an rotorcraft crash at 6:40 p.m. Personnel found three crew members and a patient at the scene. First responders prepared a landing site for another medical helicopter to transport the patient.

Corporal Kyle Easley with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the Air Evac helicopter was en route to Columbia from Kirksville. The helicopter had a bent tail and minor damage to the landing gear.

Shelly Schneider, spokesperson for Air Evac's parent company Global Medical Response, said the pilot followed company protocols by landing the aircraft after it experienced a "mechanical issue."

"At this time the cause of the mechanical problem is unknown, but is under investigation by Air Evac," Schneider said. "Officials with the [Federal Aviation Administration] and the National Transportation Safety Board have also been notified."

Schneider said a helicopter with MU Health Care stationed in Moberly helped complete the transportation of the patient.

Original article can be found here ➤

(Randolph County, Missouri) – Kirksville’s Air Evac helicopter had a rough landing tonight just before 7:00 pm Wednesday due to an unknown mechanical issue.

Moberly Ambulance district received a call a resident saw a helicopter coming down south of Moberly. The helicopter was travelling from Kirksville to Columbia.

Officials from the Randolph County Ambulance District says it was an emergency services helicopter that was transporting one patient, with four total people on board and the helicopter had to make an emergency landing in a corn field. The location is along Route B west of Highway 63.

Higbee and Southeastern Fire responded to the scene along with two Randolph County Ambulances and one from Columbia.

Sources say they cannot release any additional information but we do know the only person being transported was picked up and safely taken by another medical helicopter to a hospital in Columbia. All other passengers had no injuries.

The helicopter will remain on scene as the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation official assess the scene.

Sources say a Missouri State Highway official saw the helicopter make the landing.

Missouri State Highway Patrol is also on scene assisting with the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. another one. Good thing it wasn't in IMC.

  2. Don't get this operation confused with Survival Flight. Good save Mr Air Evac pilot.

  3. Glad they're OK, but hate to see the patient's Air Evac Lifeteam's bill. People in Missouri routinely get fleeced by their controversial "memberships."