Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Bell 206B JetRanger, N59600: Fatal accident occurred November 28, 2021 near Perry Municipal Airport (F22), Noble County, Oklahoma

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 traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rolls-Royce Engines; Indianapolis, Indiana 
Transportation Safety Board of Canada; Quebec, OF 
Bell; Fort Worth, Texas

Location: Perry, Oklahoma 
Accident Number: CEN22FA053
Date and Time: November 28, 2021, 16:58 Local 
Registration: N59600
Aircraft: Bell 206B 
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal 

On November 28, 2021, about 1658 central standard time, a Bell 206B helicopter, N59600, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Perry, Oklahoma. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries and the student pilot sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The family members of the pilot reported that he worked fulltime as a helicopter air ambulance pilot. The pilot owned the accident helicopter and also worked part-time seasonal jobs as a 14 CFR Part 137 aerial application pilot.

According to the student pilot, who is the son of the pilot, the helicopter departed from a private heliport on the family’s property about 1600. The pilot performed three traffic pattern flights at the Perry Municipal Airport (F22), Perry, Oklahoma. The helicopter then departed to the west of the airport, about 2 miles west of I-35, where the pilot demonstrated to his son how he performed low-level aerial application maneuvers.

During the demonstration flight, the maneuvers were stopped, and the occupants observed a coyote in a field. About 50 ft above ground level (agl), and about 25 knots forward airspeed, the helicopter experienced an un-commanded left roll. The pilot attempted to regain control; however, the helicopter impacted a field, and came to rest next to a fence line. A postimpact fire ensued and destroyed the helicopter. The son was able to egress from the burning wreckage and contacted first responders.

A preliminary review of meteorological data indicated a light southerly wind below 2,000 ft agl, no indication of turbulence or low-level wind shear, or any other outflows or wind shifts. A pilot report indicated flight visibility of 10 miles. There were no inflight weather advisories over the region during the flight. Astronomical conditions indicated the accident occurred before sunset with a low sun elevation present.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell 
Registration: N59600
Model/Series: 206B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSWO,984 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Perry, OK (PVT)
Destination: Perry, OK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 36.380203,-97.344568 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

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