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NTSB Preliminary Report: Red Bud, Illinois

Location: Red Bud, IL
Accident Number: CEN20LA400 
Date & Time: September 19, 2020, 14:00
Local Registration: N60WD 
Aircraft: DEROUSSE Safari
Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal 

On September 19, 2020, about 1400 central daylight time, an experimental Safari helicopter, N60WD, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Red Bud, Illinois. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Surveillance video footage depicted the helicopter hovering near a storage building; however, the accident sequence itself was not captured. The helicopter appeared to be operating normally at that time. 

A witness mowing her lawn across the street observed the helicopter approaching before the accident. She noted the pilot usually proceeded between a bank and the storage building. After completing a mowing pass, she looked toward the storage building and the “tail of the helicopter” appeared to contact the building. The helicopter subsequently came to rest on its left side adjacent to the building and a 
postimpact fire ensued. 

A postrecovery examination of the airframe and engine is planned. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information 

DEROUSSE Registration: N60WD 
Model/Series: Safari Aircraft Category: Helicopter 
Amateur Built: Yes 
Operator: On file Operating Certificate(s) None 
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan 

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC Condition of Light: Day 
Observation Facility, Elevation: SAR,538 ft msl Observation Time: 14:15 Local 
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /5°C 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 40° 
Lowest Ceiling: None Visibility: 10 miles 
Altimeter Setting: 30.29 inches Hg Type of Flight Plan Filed: None 
Departure Point: Red Bud, IL (PVT ) Destination: Red Bud, IL (PVT ) 

Wreckage and Impact Information 

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal Aircraft Damage: Destroyed 
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground 
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None 
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal Latitude, 38.211666,-90.014999 (est) 
Longitude: 

Administrative Information 
Investigator In Charge (IIC): Sorensen, Timothy 
Additional Participating Persons: Clive Adams; FAA Flight Standards; Springfield, IL 
Note: The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

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.