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NTSB Final Report: Glide, Oregon

Location:

Glide, Oregon

Accident Number:

WPR21LA333

Date & Time:

August 27, 2021, 06:30 Local

Registration:

N303AE

Aircraft:

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON 206L-1

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Low altitude operation/event

Injuries:

1 Serious

Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Analysis

The pilot of the helicopter reported that, while conducting an aerial application over an open area, the main rotor blades struck a tree that he had previously not seen. Subsequently, the helicopter began to spin to the left and impacted the terrain. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and tailboom. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a tree during an aerial application.

Findings

Personnel issues Aircraft

Environmental issues

Monitoring environment - Pilot Altitude - Not attained/maintained

Tree(s) - Awareness of condition

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying          Low altitude operation/event (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Airline transport; Flight instructor

Age:

67,Male

Airplane Rating(s):

Single-engine land; Multi-engine land

Seat Occupied:

Right

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

4-point

Instrument Rating(s):

Airplane

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

Airplane multi-engine; Instrument airplane

Toxicology Performed:

 

Medical Certification:

Class 2 With waivers/limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

February 1, 2021

Occupational Pilot:

Yes

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

January 1, 2021

Flight Time:

29000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 140016 hours (Total, this make and model), 27000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 200 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON

Registration:

N303AE

Model/Series:

206L-1

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

1979

Amateur Built:

 

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal; Restricted (Special)

Serial Number:

45348

Landing Gear Type:

Skid

Seats:

7

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

Unknown

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

4150 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Turbo shaft

Airframe Total Time:

 

Engine Manufacturer:

ALLISON

ELT:

Not installed

Engine Model/Series:

250

Registered Owner:

 

Rated Power:

250 Horsepower

Operator:

 

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Agricultural aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual (VMC)

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KRBG,509 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site:

23 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

06:22 Local

Direction from Accident Site:

238°

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Scattered / 1500 ft AGL

Visibility

10 miles

Lowest Ceiling:

Overcast / 3000 ft AGL

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

9 knots /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

None / None

Wind Direction:

350°

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting:

30.09 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

17°C / 12°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

No Obscuration; No Precipitation

 

Departure Point:

Glide, OR

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

Glide, OR

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

Type of Airspace:

Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Serious

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

 

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

 

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 Serious

Latitude, Longitude:

43.438748,-122.90996(est)

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Cawthra, Joshua

 

Additional Participating Persons:

Timothy Sisk; Federal Aviation Administration; Portland, OR

 

Original Publish Date:

February 8, 2022                                      Investigation Class:

4

Note:

The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.

 

Investigation Docket:

https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket?ProjectID=103789

 





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