Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Bell OH-58A Kiowa, N9287U: Accident occurred April 01, 2022 in Merced, 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; Fresno, California

American AG Aviation Inc

Location: Merced, California
Accident Number: WPR22LA140
Date and Time: April 1, 2022, 13:00 Local
Registration: N9287U
Aircraft: Bell OH-58A
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell 
Registration: N9287U
Model/Series: OH-58A 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held:
Agricultural aircraft (137) Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMCE,153 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 37.189404,-120.68928