Saturday, May 16, 2020

Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3, N1WT: Incident occurred May 03, 2020 at Airglades Airport (2IS), Clewiston, Hendry County, Florida

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Location: Clewiston, FL
Incident Number: ENG20IA031
Date & Time: 05/03/2020, 1315 EDT
Registration: N1WT
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On May 3, 2020, about 1315 eastern daylight time, an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 helicopter, N1WT, made an emergency landing at Airglades Airport (2IS) in Clewiston, Florida. The pilot reported an inflight hydraulics anomaly, declared an emergency, and landed at Airglades Airport. The pilot reported no injuries and the helicopter was not substantially damaged. A postlanding inspection of the helicopter found the hydraulic pump belt had failed and the hydraulic pump was seized. The flight was conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 that began at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), landed at Palm Beach County Park Airport (LNA), and departed LNA for 2IS.

According to a written statement to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot reported that upon entering the left downwind for runway 13 at 2IS, the pedals felt "rock hard" and the "HYD2" and "SERVO" caution lights illuminated on the caution and warning panel. The pilot reported light smoke in the cockpit along with an odor of something burnt, and opened the window to clear the smoke and odor. The pilot executed a shallow approach to a run on landing at 2IS. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N1WT
Model/Series: AS350 B3
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.735000, -81.051111

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