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NSTB Final Report: Corydon, IN

Location:

Corydon, Indiana

Accident Number:

CEN21LA356

Date & Time:

August 4, 2021, 14:30 Local

Registration:

N59552

Aircraft:

Bell 206

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Injuries:

1 Serious

Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Analysis

The pilot reported that while performing an aerial application flight, he did not see the power lines before descending into the field. The helicopter collided with the power lines and the pilot lost control of the helicopter. The helicopter subsequently impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. A visual examination did not reveal any preaccident failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operations.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s failure to see and avoid power lines.

Findings

Personnel issues                            Monitoring environment - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying           Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Commercial

Age:

29,Male

Airplane Rating(s):

None

Seat Occupied:

Right

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

 

Instrument Rating(s):

None

Second Pilot Present:

 

Instructor Rating(s):

Helicopter

Toxicology Performed:

 

Medical Certification:

Class 2 Without waivers/limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

March 15, 2021

Occupational Pilot:

Yes

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

 

Flight Time:

1600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 350 hours (Total, this make and model), 180 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Bell

Registration:

N59552

Model/Series:

206 B

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

1999

Amateur Built:

 

Airworthiness Certificate:

Experimental (Special)

Serial Number:

1664

Landing Gear Type:

High skid

Seats:

1

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

 

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

3200 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Turbo shaft

Airframe Total Time:

 

Engine Manufacturer:

Allison

ELT:

 

Engine Model/Series:

250-C20

Registered Owner:

 

Rated Power:

315 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:

KSDF,480 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site:

15 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

15:56 Local

Direction from Accident Site:

105°

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Few / 7000 ft AGL

Visibility

10 miles

Lowest Ceiling:

Broken / 9000 ft AGL

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

13 knots /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

/

Wind Direction:

30°

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

/

Altimeter Setting:

30.06 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

31°C / 11°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

No Obscuration; No Precipitation

 

Departure Point:

Corydon, IN

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

Corydon, IN

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

Type of Airspace:

 

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:

38.242222,-86.046667(est)

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Aguilera, Jason

 

Additional Participating Persons:

Andrew Strader; FAA FSDO; Indianapolis , IN

 

Original Publish Date:

August 12, 2022                                                                 Investigation Class:

4

Note:

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

 

Investigation Docket:

https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket?ProjectID=103633

 

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