Saturday, August 07, 2021

Bell 206B JetRanger II, N59552: Accident occurred August 04, 2021 in Corydon, Harrison County, Indiana

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; Indianapolis, Indiana

Sycan Corporation doing business as Sinton Helicopters

Location: Corydon, IN 
Accident Number: CEN21LA356
Date & Time: August 4, 2021, 14:30 Local
Registration: N59552
Aircraft: Bell 206B
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N59552
Model/Series: 206B 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
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Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 38.242378,-86.047974 (est)

The Indiana State Police in Sellersburg is assisting in the investigation of a helicopter crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon in rural Harrison County.

Around four o’clock Wednesday afternoon, The Indiana State Police in Sellersburg was notified of a helicopter crash off Big Indian Road NE, a short distance northeast of Corydon.

When officers arrived, they found the wreckage of a Bell 206B JetRanger II in a cornfield a short distance off the roadway and near a rural residence.

The pilot, 29-year-old Zane Lightner of Billings Montana, was already transported to the Harrison County Hospital by private vehicle.

Lightner was later transported to University Hospital in Louisville with non-life-threatening injuries.  

The preliminary investigation reveals that the helicopter is owned and operated by Southmark Aviation in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The copter was being used as a crop duster and accidentally struck a power line running across the cornfield where the copter was dusting.  

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will be conducting a joint investigation with the National Transportation Safety Administration Board.  

This crash is still under investigation. Indiana State Police conducted the preliminary investigation and is maintaining scene security until the arrival of federal investigators. 

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