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NTSB Final Report: Fallon, Nevada

Location:

Fallon, Nevada

Accident Number:

WPR22LA096

Date & Time:

February 11, 2022, 14:30 Local

Registration:

N1023V

Aircraft:

Bell 47

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The helicopter pilot reported that, while hovering in front of a hangar he erroneously increased collective pitch, panicked, and lost control of the helicopter. The helicopter subsequently impacted the top of a hanger and rolled over. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor and tail boom. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane 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 control of the helicopter during a hover which, resulted in a collision with a hangar.

Findings

Personnel issues -  Aircraft control - Pilot

Environmental issues - Airport structure - Effect on operation


Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-hover                       Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Airline transport; Commercial; Flight instructor

Age:

84,Male

Airplane Rating(s):

Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land

Seat Occupied:

Unknown

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

4-point

Instrument Rating(s):

Airplane

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine; Helicopter; Instrument airplane

Toxicology Performed:

 

Medical Certification:

None Without waivers/limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

November 4, 2013

Occupational Pilot:

UNK

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

February 16, 2022

Flight Time:                        11000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 50 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Bell

Registration:

N1023V

Model/Series:

47 G2

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

1959

Amateur Built:

 

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal

Serial Number:

2021

Landing Gear Type:

Skid

Seats:

2

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

November 4, 2021 Annual

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

2450 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

5.2 Hrs

Engines:

1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time:

12359 Hrs as of last inspection

Engine Manufacturer:

Lycoming

ELT:

Not installed

Engine Model/Series:

VO435A1F

Registered Owner:

 

Rated Power:

260 Horsepower

Operator:

 

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual (VMC)

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KNFL,3934 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site:

0 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

14:00 Local

Direction from Accident Site:

 

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Visibility

 

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

/                                            Turbulence Type

Forecast/Actual:

None / None

Wind Direction:

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting:

30.36 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

12°C / -25°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

No Obscuration; No Precipitation

 

Departure Point:

Fallon, NV

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

Fallon, NV

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

Type of Airspace:

Class G

Airport Information

Airport:

Fallon Municipal FLX

Runway Surface Type:

 

Airport Elevation:

3929 ft msl

Runway Surface Condition:

Dry

Runway Used:

 

IFR Approach:

None

Runway Length/Width:

 

VFR Approach/Landing:

Full stop;Straight- in;Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

 

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 None

Latitude, Longitude:

39.499169,-118.74879

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Bledsoe, James

 

Additional Participating Persons:

Paul Bruk; FAA FSDO; Reno, NV

 

Original Publish Date:

June 14, 2022                                                                   Investigation Class:

4

Note:

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

 

Investigation Docket:

https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket?ProjectID=104639