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NTSB Identification: *CEN14WA171*
Date: March 13, 2014
Location: Gillingham, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Aircraft: AGUSTAWESTLAND SPA AGUSTA AW139
Injuries: 4 Fatal.
An Agusta/Westland model AW139 helicopter, United
Kingdom, impacted terrain shortly after takeoff near
Gillingham, Norfolk, United Kingdom. The four occupants
were fatally injured.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) of the United
Kingdom is investigating the accident.
NTSB Identification: *WPR14FA137*
Date: March 18, 2014 i
Location: Seattle, WA
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER AS 350 B2
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Serious.
An Eurocopter AS 350 B2, N250FB, was destroyed when
it impacted terrain following takeoff from the KOMO TV
Heliport (WN16), Seattle, Washington. The helicopter was
under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations
Part 91.The commercial pilot and one passenger were fatally
injured and one person, located in a stationary vehicle, was
seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed
and no flight plan was filed for the local repositioning flight
that was originating at the time of the accident. The pilot’s
intended destination was the Renton Municipal Airport
(RNT), Renton, Washington.
Multiple witnesses located adjacent to the accident site
reported observing the helicopter lift off from the helipad
and begin a counterclockwise rotation. The witnesses stated
that the helicopter pitched downward, while continuing the
counterclockwise rotation, and descended into an occupied
vehicle and terrain near the intersection of 4th Avenue and
Broad Street; postimpact fire ensued.
Preliminary review of three security camera recordings,
provided by the Seattle Police Department, revealed that the
helicopter initially landed at WN16. The videos depicted the
helicopter stationary on the helipad for about 15 minutes
prior to takeoff. Further review revealed during the takeoff
sequence, the helicopter began rotating counterclockwise
and ascending slightly in a near level attitude. The helicopter
continued rotating counterclockwise for about 360 degrees
of rotation before it pitched forward in a nose low attitude.
The helicopter continued the counterclockwise rotation in
a nose low attitude until it disappeared from the camera’s
field of view.
Examination of the accident site revealed that the helicopter
came to rest on its right side, oriented on a magnetic heading
of about 050 degrees. A vehicle located east of the main
wreckage was fire damaged. Another vehicle, located
immediately west of the main wreckage was oriented on
a southerly heading and exhibited downward crushing
of the roof and hatchback structure. All major structural
components of the helicopter were located in the immediate
area of the main wreckage. Wreckage debris was located
within an approximate 340 foot radius to the main wreckage.
The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further
examination. Various components were retained by the
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-
in-charge for further examination.
NTSB Identification: *WPR14WA148*
Date: March 19, 2014
Location: Gisborne, New Zealand
Aircraft: MD HELICOPTER 500N
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.
A MD Helicopters 500N, ZK-HQP, was preparing for a fire
lighting operation when it crashed in Hawkes Bay near
Gisborne, New Zealand. The helicopter was substantially
damaged. The pilot was seriously injured and the passenger
was fatally injured.
The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government
of New Zealand. This report is for information purposes only
and contains only information released by the Government
of New Zealand.
NTSB Identification: *CEN14LA197*
Date: March 22, 2014
Location: Menard, TX
Aircraft: ROBINSON R44 - II
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
A Robinson Helicopter Company R44 II, impacted terrain
during recovery from a simulated autorotation at the
pilot’s helipad near Menard,Texas. The helicopter sustained
substantial damage that included damage to the firewall, tail
boom, and main rotor. The commercial pilot was uninjured.
The helicopter was operated by the pilot under 14 CFR Part
91 as a personal flight. The local flight was not operating
on a flight plan and departed from Menard, Texas at time
The pilot stated that he was practicing autorotations at his
ranch when the helicopter tail struck the ground while he
was adding power and performing a recovery.The helicopter
tilted forward from the tail strike and pitched forward. The
main rotor blades stuck the ground after they had cut through
the tail, and the helicopter rolled over onto its right side.
NTSB Identification: *ERA14WA196*
Date: March 23, 2014
Location: Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22 - BETA
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
A Robinson R22 Beta, was substantially damaged when it
impacted the ground on a corn plantation in Ribeirao Preto,
Brazil.The pilot and a passenger were fatally injured.The local
flight departed a private heliport located in Minas Gerais,
Brazil, and was conducted under Brazilian flight regulations.
This investigation is under jurisdiction of the Government
NTSB Identification: *WPR14TA149*
Date: March 27, 2014
Location: Tehachapi, CA
Aircraft: BELL OH 58A
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
A Bell OH-58A collided with a highway near Tehachapi,
California, after encountering instrument meteorological
conditions (IMC). The commercial pilot, tactical flight officer
(TFO), single passenger, and a dog were not injured. The
helicopter sustained substantial damage during the accident
sequence. The cross-country flight departed Meadows Field
Airport, Bakersfield, California, about 0120, with a planned
destination of General William J Fox Airfield, Lancaster,
California. Marginal visual meteorological conditions
prevailed at the accident site, and no flight plan had been
The purpose of the flight was to transport a dog from the
Sheriff Department’s Canine division to urgent care in
Lancaster, after it was shot while on duty, about 3 hours
prior to the accident.
The pilot stated that he arrived at the air division headquarters
in Bakersfield about 0100, and was briefed on the mission
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