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NTSB Identification: *WPR14LA008*
Date: October 06, 2013
Location: Paducah, TX
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELI CO 369,
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
A McDonnell Douglas 369FF collided with a power line tower
while maneuvering to pick up a cable. The commercial pilot,
the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The helicopter was
substantially damaged. The flight originated from a local
area staging site.
Ground crew reported that they were in a basket truck
positioned near the steel tower in preparation for the rope
pull. The basket was positioned on line at the bottom
traveler about 100 feet above ground level. The rope had
been threaded through the traveler and the helicopter pilot
was called to report that they were ready. As the helicopter
was maneuvering into position to pick up the cable, the
tailrotor struck the tower and the top traveler located about
140 feet above ground level. The tailrotor and gearbox
separated and the helicopter descended rapidly to ground
impact near the base of the tower.
NTSB Identification: *CEN14LA004*
Date: October 09, 2013
Location: Belle Chasse, LA
Aircraft: BELL 206L 3
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious,1 Uninjured.
A Bell 206L-3 descended into the Gulf of Mexico impacting
into the water immediately after taking off from an oil drilling
platform. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Two
passengers on board were seriously injured and a third
passenger was uninjured. The helicopter was substantially
damaged. The business flight was being conducted on an
instrument flight rules flight plan under the provisions of 14
Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.Visual meteorological
conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.The helicopter
was en route to Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
A representative for the company said that the pilot had
departed Belle Chasse Heliport (06LA) to conduct a routine
crew change at platform Main Pass 107. The pilot filed a
flight plan and the helicopter took off from the platform
for the flight back to 06LA. All of a sudden it was observed
by platform personnel descending to the water. The floats
deployed, the helicopter impacted on the surface, and then
it rolled over on its side.
NTSB Identification: *WPR14LA014*
Date: October 11, 2013
Location: Seely, CA
Aircraft: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON 206L 1
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
A Bell Helicopter 206L-1 was destroyed during a forced
landing following a loss of engine power and in-flight fire
during cruise flight near Seely, California. The airline transport
rated pilot and his two passengers were not injured. The
cross-country flight originated from Yuma, Arizona, about
1200 with an intended destination of El Cajon.
In a written statement to the NationalTransportation Safety
Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), the pilot reported
that during cruise flight, he heard a loud pop followed by
an immediate loss of engine power. The pilot lowered the
collective and entered an auto rotation. He further reported
that the left front door opened and the cabin filled with black
smoke. The helicopter subsequently landed upright in an
open area and the pilot and passengers egressed. The pilot
stated that he observed fire, originating from about two feet
aft of the right forward door, when he exited the helicopter.
Examination of the helicopter by a FAA inspector revealed
that the fuselage was mostly consumed by fire. All primary
components of the helicopter were located at the accident
site. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location.
NTSB Identification: *CEN14WA013*
Date: October 12, 2013
Location: Wolica Kozia, Poland
Aircraft: ENSTROM 280 - FX
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
An Enstrom 280FX impacted trees and terrain near Wolica
Kozia, Poland. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured.
The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and
control of the State Commission of Aircraft Accident
Investigation (SCAAI). This report is for informational
purposes, and only contains information released by or
obtained from the government of Poland.
Further information pertaining to this accident may be
obtained from: State Commission of Aircraft Accident
Investigation Chalubinskiego 4/6 00-928 Warsaw Poland
Telephone: 48 22 630 11 41
NTSB Identification: *ERA14WA020*
Date: October 13, 2013
Location: Gobierno, Argentina
Aircraft: BELL 407 - NO SERIES
Injuries: 1 Fatal,4 Serious.
A Bell 40 impacted power lines after takeoff near Gobierno,
in the province of San Juan, Argentina. The pilot and three
passengers were injured and one passenger was fatally
This accident investigation is under the jurisdiction of the
Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación Civil De
Argentina. Any further information pertaining to this accident
may be obtained from: Junta de Investigación de Accidentes
de Aviación Civil (JIAAC)
Avda Belgrano 1370 Piso 11 “B” , C.P. 1093 Capital Federal,
Buenos Aires, Argentina,
Telephone: 54+11 4382-8890/91
NTSB Identification: *WPR14CA019*
Date: October 17, 2013
Location: Sedro Woolley, WA
Aircraft: ROBINSON R44 - II
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
The pilot reported that prior to the night departure he
checked the weather conditions for airports along his
route of flight, each of which reported visual meteorological
conditions existed.The pilot also observed that the night sky
was clear during his preflight. After performing a maximum
performance takeoff, and when about 65 feet above ground
level, he encountered a thick layer of fog that had moved
in during the 7-10 minute warm-up period and he lost all
visual reference to the surrounding area. Having determined
that he was able to keep the helicopter in a level attitude,
the pilot decided to continue his ascent in an effort to get
above the fog. A few seconds after initiating the ascent
the helicopter impacted the top of a cedar tree. The pilot
initiated an emergency descent and the helicopter sustained
substantial damage after it impacted terrain and rolled over
on its left side. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical
malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have
precluded normal operation.
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