Sunday, May 22, 2022

Eurocopter AS355N Ecureuil 2, N448JM: Accident occurred May 19, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida

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; Miramar, Florida

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Accident Number: ERA22LA231
Date and Time: May 19, 2022, 12:10 Local 
Registration: N448JM
Aircraft: Eurocopter AS355 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Eurocopter
Registration: N448JM
Model/Series: AS355N
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: BCT,13 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: West Palm Beach, FL (PBI) 
Destination: North Perry, FL (HWO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.448361,-80.058922

Rotorcraft experienced unusual vibrations and made a precautionary landing on beach.  

Date: 19-MAY-22
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: 448JM
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: AS355
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N5446D: Incident occurred May 19, 2022 in Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aircraft spinner separated in flight, striking windshield and propeller. 

J and D Petroleum Co

Date: 19-MAY-22
Time: 21:45:00Z
Regis#: N5446D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase:  EN ROUTE (ENR)
Flight Number: IDAHO46