Saturday, April 23, 2022

Bell 206B JetRanger II, N206BX: Accident occurred April 26, 2022 in Lake Apopka, Orange 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; Orlando, Florida

Coastal Helicopters Inc

Location: Lake Apopka, Florida
Accident Number: ERA22LA206
Date and Time: April 26, 2022, 07:18 Local
Registration: N206BX
Aircraft: Bell 206
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell 
Registration: N206BX
Model/Series: 206B 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
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: ORL,112 ft msl
Observation Time: 07:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 28.562433,-81.66275

Rotorcraft crashed under unknown circumstances into Lake Apopka. 

Date: 26-APR-22
Time: 11:15:00Z
Regis#: N206BX
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Operation: 137
Aircraft Operator: COASTAL AIR SERVICE

OAKLAND, Florida – A private company retrieving a helicopter that crashed in Lake Apopka Tuesday found another one Wednesday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said the second helicopter appeared to have fallen in the lake “later in the day (Tuesday) after the first one,” adding that its pilot is safe and that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified.

The view from Sky 6 showed both helicopters submerged in the water, both with their skids up, as one was floated away.

A pilot survived after a helicopter went down Tuesday morning in Lake Apopka near Oakland, rescue officials said.

According to the FAA, the first crash occurred as the helicopter’s pilot — the aircraft’s only occupant — was conducting “agriculture operations.” A private boat took the pilot back to shore, where Orange County Fire Rescue officials said they were checked for injuries.

One person was transported to the hospital as a hazmat alert for “brief exposure to pesticides,” OCFR officials said.

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