Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Hiller UH-12E, N130HA: Accident occurred July 06, 2022 in Wenatchee, Chelan County, Washington

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. 

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Johnson, Scott

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

C&C Helicopters Inc

Location: Wenatchee, Washington
Accident Number: WPR22LA245
Date and Time: July 6, 2022, 09:21 Local
Registration: 130HA
Aircraft: Hiller UH-12E 
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Other work use

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hiller 
Registration: 130HA
Model/Series: UH-12E
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: Both in-flight and on-ground
Ground Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 47.56076,-120.24599 (est)

Rotorcraft struck powerlines, crashed on top of a tractor that was also working in the orchard and caught on fire.

Date: 06-JUL-22
Time: 16:21:00Z
Regis#: N130HA
Aircraft Make: HILLER
Aircraft Model: UH-12E
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Operation: 137

ORONDO — Two people were hospitalized Wednesday after a helicopter crashed onto an orchard sprayer south of Orondo while drying cherries.

The helicopter was flying about 9:20 a.m. near Weaver Road when it struck a powerline and landed on the tractor that was also working to dry the orchard, said Douglas County Undersheriff Tyler Caille.

A fire ignited as a result of the collision and destroyed the helicopter and tractor.

The pilot, a 39-year-old man from Kuna, Idaho, and the tractor driver, an 18-year-old man from East Wenatchee, were transported to Central Washington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Caille said.

Crews from Douglas County Fire District 4 in Orondo had the fire knocked down by 10:09 a.m., said spokeswoman Kay McKellar.

The crash caused a power outage to 1,400 Douglas County PUD customers from Orondo to Beebe and on the Waterville Plateau, according to the PUD. Power was restored about 10:30 a.m.

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