Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Bell 206B, N919AC: Accident occurred April 18, 2022 in Cedar Key, Levy County, Florida

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; Tampa, Florida

Vertical Vegetation Management LLC


Location: Cedar Key, Florida
Accident Number: ERA22LA192
Date and Time: April 18, 2022, 12:30 Local
Registration: N919AC
Aircraft: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON 206B 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON
Registration: N919AC
Model/Series: 206B NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CGC,10 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 30 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Cedar Key, FL
Destination: Cedar Key, FL

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: 29.143601,-83.039104

Rotorcraft performed an auto rotation landing causing damage to the tail boom.  

Date: 18-APR-22
Time: 16:37:00Z
Regis#: N919AC
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 137
City: CEDAR KEY
State: FLORIDA