Saturday, July 11, 2020

Enstrom 280FX Shark, N282SH: Accident occurred July 03, 2020 near Des Moines International Airport (KDSM), Iowa

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 accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Location: Des Moines, IA
Accident Number: CEN20LA261
Date & Time: 07/03/2020, 1937 CDT
Registration: N282SH
Aircraft: Enstrom 280
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 3, 2020, at 1920 central daylight time, an Enstrom 280FX, N282SH, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Des Moines, Iowa. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated during final approach for landing, both the rotor speed and engine speed descended below the green arc, and the low speed alarm sounded. The rotor speed and engine speed remained in synchronization and decreased at the same rate. The pilot stated he added throttle but neither the rotor speed nor the engine speed increased. He thought that the helicopter lost engine power and performed an autorotation. The helicopter impacted terrain about one mile south of Des Moines International Airport, Des Moines, Iowa.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Enstrom
Registration: N282SH
Model/Series: 280 FX
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Burlington, IA (BRL)
Destination: Des Moines, IA (DSM)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  41.518333, -93.682500 (est)

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - A helicopter crash near the Des Moines International Airport resulted in injuries to one person, fire department officials said.

According to television station KCCI, the crash took place at around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The Des Moines Fire Department said that the sole occupant of the private helicopter was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The crash occurred near the corner of Army Post Road and Iowa Highway 28, outside of the airport’s security fence. There were no disruptions to airport operations as a result of the incident.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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