Wednesday, August 17, 2022

MD Helicopters MD 500, N500AR: Accident occurred August 15, 2022 in Ely, White Pine County, Nevada

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; Reno, Nevada 

Helicopter Roundup Service LLC 


Location: Ely, Nevada
Accident Number: WPR22LA305
Date and Time: August 15, 2022, 08:20 Local 
Registration: N500AR
Aircraft: HUGHES HELICOPTERS INC 369E
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Other work use

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HUGHES HELICOPTERS INC
Registration: N500AR
Model/Series: 369E 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KELY,6262 ft msl
Observation Time: 07:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.596382,-115.1421 (est)

Rotorcraft struck the ground with tail rotor during low level maneuvers.

Date: 15-AUG-22
Time: 15:20:00Z
Regis#: N500AR
Aircraft Make: HUGHES
Aircraft Model: 369E
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: ELY
State: NEVADA

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