Thursday, May 19, 2022

Airbus Helicopters H125 Ecureuil (AS 350B3e), N851AL: Accident occurred May 18, 2022 near Christmas Valley Airport (62S), Lake County, Oregon

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; Portland, Oregon


Location: Christmas Valley, Oregon
Accident Number: WPR22LA182
Date and Time: May 18, 2022, 17:33 Local
Registration: N851AL
Aircraft: Airbus Helicopters AS 350B3 
Injuries: 4 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Unspecified)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Airbus 
Helicopters Registration: N851AL
Model/Series: AS 350B3
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBDN,3462 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:29 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 57 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots / 25 knots, 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Bend, OR
Destination: Christmas Valley, OR

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 4 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 43.23625,-120.66469 (est)

Helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances attempting to land and became inverted.

Date: 19-MAY-22
Time: 00:29:00Z
Regis#: N851AL
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: AS350
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: MED-TRANS

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