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NTSB Identification: *CEN14CA082*
Date: December 05, 2013
Location: Port Fourchon, LA
Aircraft: SIKORSKY S 76B
Injuries: 10 Uninjured.
The pilot reported that he was departing from a helipad and
all cockpit instrument indications were“in green”status. Wind
was very calm to none and the pilot verified it by looking
at two flags on an offshore vessel. Another aircraft took off
from the helipad and departed to the east. The pilot hover
taxied to the west of the flight area with a right petal turn.
He rechecked the instruments, which were “all normal.” He
added power and the flight was normal as the helicopter
was climbing.The helicopter was about 40 to 50 feet over a
roadway and it started to settle. He added more power and
it looked as if it was going to recover. Then the helicopter
started to sink again. There were occupied trailers under the
helicopter and obstacles blocking a nearby field. The pilot
elected to head left of course for less impact with anything
on the ground or with property. The helicopter impacted
terrain where it sustained substantial tailboom and fuselage
damage. The pilot reported that the helicopter was within
weight and balance requirements and that there were no
mechanical malfunctions. Following the impact, he noticed
that the previously observed flags were now showing the
wind was blowing and gusting from the southwest direction.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the
probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s loss
of control of the helicopter when it entered a settling with
power condition during sudden gusty wind conditions on
takeoff resulting in the helicopter subsequently impacting
NTSB Identification: *ERA14FA066*
Date: December 06, 2013
Location: Sebring, FL
Aircraft: TEXAS HELICOPTER CORP M74L
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
A Bell-47 was destroyed after impacting the ground during
a positioning flight near Sebring, Florida. The sole occupant,
a commercial pilot, was fatally injured.
During the course of the day, the helicopter was conducting
aerial application flight in the local area in accordance with
CFR Part 137. According to the ground crew manager for the
operator, about 400 acres was treated with insecticide on
the day of the accident. The accident flight was intended to
reposition the helicopter from a farm field to Sebring Regional
Airport (SEF), Sebring, Florida, where the pilot stated to the
ground crew, and his business partner, that he was going to
wash the helicopter and change the engine oil.
According to an eyewitness, the helicopter approached from
the northwest, traveling to the southeast. The helicopter
appeared to be about 200 feet above ground level. He also
stated that from the time that the helicopter cleared the trees
bordering the west side of the open field, the helicopter made
a constant, uninterrupted descent onto the field.The witness
further described seeing a large dust plume following the
impact, which was followed immediately by an explosion.
Due to being on a farm tractor, the witness was not able to
confirm if the helicopter engine was running.
Initial examination of the helicopter by an NTSB investigator,
and a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that
the helicopter impacted the open field 1.3 nautical miles to
the west of SEF.The wreckage was located in a sod field and
the debris path was about 40 yards in circumference, and
located in close proximity to an irrigation canal. All major
components of the airframe and engine were located and
transferred to a secure location for further examination.
An agricultural GPS system, cell phone, navigation display,
and various universal serial bus memory keys were retained
and sent to the NTSB Vehicle Recorder Laboratory in
Washington, D. C. for download.
NTSB Identification: *WPR14LA084*
Date: January 01, 2014
Location: Boulder City, NV
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER EC 130 B4
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
A Eurocopter EC-130 landed hard during an autorotation,
while on short final at the Boulder City Municipal Airport
(BVU), Boulder City, Nevada. The commercial pilot was the
sole person on board and was not injured. The helicopter
came to rest on its right side and sustained substantial
damage to the fuselage and tail boom.
In a written statement, the pilot reported that she completed
the post-maintenance operational check flight and was
on short final to BVU, about 200 feet above the ground
with an airspeed of 40 to 50 knots. Shortly thereafter, the
fuel pressure indicator light illuminated and the engine
“flamed out”. The pilot stated that she lowered the collective
to initiate an autorotation, but did not have the airspeed to
successfully complete it.
The helicopter’s tailboom impacted the ground first during
the accident sequence, followed by the hard landing. The
helicopter’s skids separated and the fuselage sustained
substantial damage. The helicopter was relocated to a
secured area for further examination.
NTSB Identification: *CEN14LA103*
Date: January 05, 2014
Location: West Delta 109, GM
Aircraft: BELL 430
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
A Bell 430 helicopter sustained substantial damage during
landing when the tail rotor struck a handrail on the crane
davit on the West Delta 109 oil platform located in the Gulf
of Mexico. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The
helicopter departed the MP313 oil platform about 0930,
and was on a company visual flight rules flight plan.
NTSB Identification: *ERA14WA092*
Date: January 09, 2014
Location: Antioquia, Colombia
Aircraft: BELL 206 - L3
Injuries: 5 Fatal.
A Bell 206L3 was destroyed following a collision with terrain
near Colombia, Anorí, Antioquia. The local flight originated
in Puerto Berrío, Antioquia. The commercial pilot and four
passengers were fatally injured.
NTSB Identification: *CEN14CA108*
Date: January 09, 2014
Location: Beaumont, TX
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 BETA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
For about 30 minutes, the flight instructor and his student
pilot were practicing hovering and landings on a level concrete
area. During the accident touchdown, a wind gust or wind
shift occurred and the helicopter shifted sideways. The pilots
felt the skids“catch”and the left side of the helicopter began to
lift. The instructor called for and took control of the helicopter.
The student had not released his controls. The helicopter rolled
onto its side. The helicopter sustained substantial tailboom
damage. The pilot’s accident report indicated that there were
no helicopter mechanical malfunctions.
The NTSB determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to
be: The student pilot not controlling the helicopter following
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