Sunday, November 21, 2021

Kitz Kopters Bell 47G-2, N210JB: Accident occurred November 20, 2021 at Lancaster Airport (KLNS), Pennsylvania

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; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Stewart Consulting LLC

Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Accident Number: ERA22LA069
Date and Time: November 20, 2021, 11:20 Local
Registration: N210JB
Aircraft: K COPTERS 47G-2 
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: K COPTERS 
Registration: N210JB
Model/Series: 47G-2 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
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: KLNS,403 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:39 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.54 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lancaster, PA (LNS)
Destination: Lancaster, PA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.122361,-76.294361 (est)

Two people were hospitalized after a helicopter crashed during a flight training exercise at Lancaster Airport late Saturday morning, according Airport Director Ed Foster.

The Kitz Kopters Bell 47G-2 crashed in a field near the 200 block of East Millport Road, near an air traffic control tower at the airport, around 11:25 a.m., Foster said. The crash occurred on airport property.

The helicopter's owner and a flight instructor were undergoing a training exercise when unknown issue occurred mid-flight. The flight instructor took control of the rotorcraft and attempted to land it, coming down near one of the airport's two runways.

Both occupants appeared to be uninjured in the crash, but were taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure, Foster said.

One of the airport's two runways was closed as the Federal Aviation Administration investigated the scene. The helicopter was later removed by a tow truck.

Though the runway was closed, the crash did not disrupt airport activity, Foster said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. Foster said he was unsure if another organization, such as the National Transportation Safety Board, would also become involved.

The crash is the second aircraft incident at the airport Foster could recall. A small four-seat airplane crashed last year after the pilot took off in the wrong direction, significantly damaging their aircraft but avoiding serious injury.

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