Saturday, October 24, 2020

Bell 206B, N777CP: Accident occurred October 16, 2020 in Zephyrhills, 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 accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Bell; Fort Worth, Texas
Rolls Royce; Indianapolis, Indianapolis 

Wild Goose Airways of Plant City LLC

Location: Zephyrhills, FL
Accident Number: ERA21LA023
Date & Time: October 16, 2020, 15:15 Local
Registration: N777CP
Aircraft: Bell 206 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 16, 2020, about 1515 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206B, N777CP, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Zephyrhills, Florida. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, about 15 minutes after departure he heard a “binding sound” and felt a reduction in engine power and a slight nose left yaw. He checked his engine instruments and noted no illumination of annunciator lights or engine warnings. The low rotor rpm aural alarm then sounded, and he initiated an autorotation to a swamp.

The helicopter came to rest amongst pine trees and undergrowth. The tailboom was impact separated and the main rotors were fractured about midspan.

The helicopter was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N777CP
Model/Series: 206 B 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KZPH,90 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Plant City, FL 
Destination: Jacksonville, FL (KCRG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 28.338872,-81.958869

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