Sunday, October 02, 2022

AgustaWestland AW139, N811TA: Accident occurred September 24, 2022 at Houma–Terrebonne Airport (KHUM), Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Rotorcraft declared an emergency due to smoke in the cockpit and partial loss of engine control, made a hard landing, went off runway and gear collapsed. 

ERA Helicopters LLC

Date: 24-SEP-22
Time: 23:11:00Z
Regis#: N811TA
Aircraft Model: AW139
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 2 No Injuries
Pax: 4 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: ERA HELICOPTERS
Flight Number: ERA811

Six occupants of the helicopter that made a hard emergency landing at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport Saturday night seemed to escape serious injuries, an air traffic controller said.

The AugustaWestland AW139, tail number N811TA, was returning from an offshore location, said Adam Morgan, Bristow Group's director of global communications and marketing.

The aircraft has Era logos. Bristow and Era merged in 2020.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration incident report, the crew "declared an emergency due to smoke in the cockpit and partial loss of engine control, made a hard landing, went off runway and gear collapsed."

The AugustaWestland AW139 helicopter which crash landed at Houma-Terrebonne airport, Saturday, September 24. The aircraft is owned by Bristow. Bristow and ERA merged in 2020.

The report lists the damage as "substantial."

Andy Cook, air traffic manager for the Houma Tower, said two of the occupants were pilots. He couldn't speak about the incident itself because it's under investigation but said after the event a medic told him everyone was going to be OK.

Those injured were taken to the hospital by Acadian Ambulance. The incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and Bristow.

The flight route of N811TA before it made an emergency landing at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport, Saturday, at 6:11p.m. is a website that will show a map of an aircraft's flights and lists the times. It shows 811TA departing the Houma-Terrebonne airport at 10:51 a.m. and arriving at the offshore location at 11:49 a.m.

It later logs 811TA departing the location at 5:24 p.m. and making its return trip. The website last logs the helicopter around 6:10 p.m. near Galiano.

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