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NTSB Preliminary Report: Mount Baldy, CA

Location:

Mount Baldy, CA

Accident Number:

WPR22LA333

Date & Time:

September 4, 2022, 08:08 Local

Registration:

N687AM

Aircraft:

Bell 407

Injuries:

1 Serious

 

Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Other work use

On September 4, 2022, at 0808 Pacific daylight time, a Bell 407 helicopter, N687AM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Mount Baldy, California. The pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight.

The helicopter was being used to shuttle water and equipment in support of a local charity event. The pilot had completed four shuttle flights and was approaching the main, off airport landing zone to land when the low rotor RPM (revolutions per minute) warning sounded. He aborted the approach and attempted to increase power. The engine power did not recover, and the pilot performed an autorotation to a nearby road. The helicopter rolled upon landing, which resulted in substantial damage.

The helicopter was retained for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Bell

Registration:

N687AM

Model/Series:

407

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

Operator:

 

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Commuter air carrier (135)

Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

VMC

Condition of Light:

 

 

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KCCB,1439 ft msl

Observation Time:

08:15 Local

 

Distance from Accident Site:

8 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

31°C /16°C

 

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

/ ,

 

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility:

10 miles

 

Altimeter Setting:

29.95 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

 

Departure Point:

Mount Baldy , CA

Destination:

Mount Baldy

, CA

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:

34.243,-117.654

(est)

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Baker, Daniel

Additional Participating Persons:

Jason Trask; Air Methods; Denver, CO Benny Kim; FAA; Riverside, CA

Nick Shepley; Rolls-Royce; Indianapolis, IN

Note:

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

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