Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Bell 206L-3 Long Ranger, N27TK: Accident occurred October 28, 2021 in Covelo, Mendocino County, California

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; Oakland, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

National Rotorcraft LLC

Location: Covelo, California
Accident Number: WPR22LA031
Date and Time: October 28, 2021, 12:00 Local
Registration: N27TK
Aircraft: Bell 206L-3 
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N27TK
Model/Series: 206L-3
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft external load (133), On-demand air taxi (135), Commercial air tour (136), Certificate of
authorization or waiver (COA)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KUKI,626 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 40 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.7905,-123.26633 (est)


  1. What a freakin' idiot! A helicopter with open doors is not a car with open windows where you can just start taking your clothing off and toss to the side without worrying about causing a crash. I hope that moron realizes how close he came to killing himself and others.

    1. Thanks for that. I’ve done a lot of photo missions without incident. Since you’ve clearly made no mistakes in the air I’d love to give you the full story and hear your feedback on my experience listed above.