Thursday, July 14, 2022

Hiller UH-12E, N64272: Accident occurred July 06,2022 in Becker, Sherburne County, Minnesota

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): Aguilera, Jason

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota 

DeChene Corporation

Location: Becker, Minnesota
Accident Number: CEN22LA318
Date and Time: July 6, 2022, 10:15 Local
Registration: N64272
Aircraft: Hiller UH-12E 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On July 6, 2022, about 1015 central daylight time, a Hiller UH-12E helicopter, N64272, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Becker, Minnesota. The pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight.

According to preliminary information, while the pilot was applying product to a field, the main rotor mast failed and the helicopter collided with terrain.

The helicopter was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hiller
Registration: N64272
Model/Series: UH-12E
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: KMGG,1028 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:07 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 600 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 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: 45.394738,-93.872706 (est)

Rotorcraft crashed in a field after main rotor hub came apart. 

Date: 06-JUL-22
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N64272
Aircraft Make: HILLER
Aircraft Model: UH-12E
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Operation: 137

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