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Hughes 360D, N111AD: Accident occurred December 21, 2021 Strawberry, Gila County, Arizona

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; Scottsdale, Arizona

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Southwest Heliservices LLC

Location: Strawberry, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22LA078
Date and Time: December 21, 2021, 10:30 Local 
Registration: N111AD
Aircraft: Hughes 369D 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hughes 
Registration: N111AD
Model/Series: 369D 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft external load (133), On-demand air taxi (135), Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
VMC Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPAN, 5158 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C /-4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 60°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Strawberry, AZ 
Destination: Strawberry, AZ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.391639,-111.60708 (est)

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