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operator subsequently began a search for the helicopter and
provided its last known position to local law enforcement.
The accident site was located by air about 1/4-mile northeast
of helicopter’s last reported position.
The accident site was located along the eastern edge of the
powerline easement, which was oriented roughly north-
south and in a shallow valley between two transmission
towers. A shield wire that spanned between the two towers
on their eastern side was severed about mid-way between
the two towers. The remaining fiber optic cable and three
power transmission phase cables appeared undamaged.
The helicopter came to rest inverted, within a creek bed, just
outside and east of the easement, in a forested area. The aft
portion of the tailboom and the main rotor head separated
from the fuselage, and came to rest about 80 and 90 feet
from the fuselage, respectively.
NTSB Identification: *WPR14LA353*
Date: August 24, 2014
Location: Pahrump, NV
Aircraft: Robinson Helicopter Company R44 II,
Injuries: 1 Minor.
On August 24, 2014, about 0650 PDT, a Robinson Helicopter
Company, R-44 II sustained substantial damage while
practicing an emergency autorotation, about 12 miles
south of Pahrump, Nevada. The helicopter was under the
provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan
was filed for the local personal flight that departed North
Las Vegas Airport (VGT), Las Vegas, Nevada, about 0605.
The pilot reported a total loss of engine power at about 3,500
feet, above ground level. The pilot made several unsuccessful
attempts to restart the engine. Unable to restart the engine,
the pilot performed an autorotation emergency landing.The
pilot further reported that during landing, the helicopter slid
forward about 20 feet; at that point, the skids dug into the
dry lake bed and the helicopter nosed over. Subsequently, the
main rotor blades impacted the ground, and the helicopter
rolled onto its side.
Examination of the helicopter wreckage by a Federal
Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the main
rotor blades and tail boom were substantially damaged.
The helicopter was recovered to a secure storage facility for
NTSB Identification: *WPR14WA359*
Date: August 25, 2014
Location: Halls Creek, Australia
Aircraft: Robinson Helicopter CO R22 BETA
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
On August 25, 2014, at 1743 local time, a Robinson R22
Beta collided with terrain during a ferry flight near Halls
Creek, Australia. The helicopter was operated by a private
individual under the pertinent civil regulations of Australia.
The helicopter was destroyed by a postcrash fire and the
pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured.
The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government
of Australia. This report is for information purposes only and
contains only information released by the Government of
Australia. Further information pertaining to this accident may
be obtained from: Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
NTSB Identification: *ERA14LA405*
Date: August 25, 2014
Location: Cape May Court House, NJ
Aircraft: HILLER UH 12E
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.
On August 25, 2014, about 1026 eastern daylight time,
a Hiller UH-12E collided with trees and terrain during a
forced landing at Cape May Court House, New Jersey. The
commercial pilot was not injured, while one passenger had
minor injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged.
The local flight originated at a staging area at Cape May
Court House about 0845.
According to the pilot, he was assigned to mosquito
observation in the local area. While flying at 300 feet above
the ground, a loud bang, followed by notable vibration
occurred. A sudden loss of engine power was noted and
the pilot attempted an autorotation. While maneuvering to
land on a nearby baseball field, the helicopter collided with
trees and then the ground. There was no fire.
An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration
responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage.
Structural damage to the fuselage and main rotor system was
confirmed. Approximately 15 gallons of fuel was recovered
from the fuel tank, which was not breached. Continuity was
established from the main rotor and tail rotor systems to the
engine and transmission. The wreckage was recovered to an
aircraft storage facility where the engine will be examined
under the direction of the NTSB.
NTSB Identification: *WPR14LA356*
Date: August 27, 2014
Location: Gardnerville, NV
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 BETA,
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.
On August 27, 2014, about 1230 Pacific daylight time, a
Robinson R22 landed hard in a ravine about 5 miles south
of Gardnerville, Nevada. The pilot/owner was operating
the helicopter under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR) Part 91.The private pilot sustained minor
injuries; one passenger sustained serious injuries. The
helicopter sustained substantial damage during the accident
sequence. The local personal flight departed Gardnerville at
an unknown time. Visual (VMC) meteorological conditions
prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.
The pilot reported to a Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) aviation safety inspector that the helicopter was
about 20 feet above ground level when he felt a vibration.
The helicopter then spun to the right and descended into the
terrain. The FAA inspector reported that after he surveyed the
accident site, it was revealed that the helicopter had struck
4 small cables attached to a pulley system that was strung
across a river, which resulted in the pilot losing control of
the helicopter, followed by the uncontrolled descent and
impact with terrain.
The helicopter was recovered to a secured location for further
NTSB Identification: *WPR14TA357*
Date: August 28, 2014
Location: Hemet, CA
Aircraft: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS AS 350 B3
Injuries: 2 Minor.
On August 28, 2014, about 1101 Pacific daylight time, an
Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 landed hard and rolled onto its
side at Hemet-Ryan Airport, Hemet, California. The deputy
flight instructor (DFI) and the deputy student pilot sustained
minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage.
The local instructional flight departed Hemet about 1040.
Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed, and no
flight plan had been filed.
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