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NTSB Final Report: Wenatchee, WA

Location:

Wenatchee, Washington

Accident Number:

WPR22LA245

Date & Time:

July 6, 2022, 09:21 Local

Registration:

130HA

Aircraft:

Hiller UH-12E

Aircraft Damage:

Destroyed

Defining Event:

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Injuries:

1 Serious

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

Analysis

The pilot reported that he was maneuvering the helicopter at low altitude over a cherry field in light rain conditions. As he air taxied about 30 ft above the ground and about 15 knots, the helicopter struck a power line and landed inverted on a tractor. The helicopter was destroyed by the postcrash fire. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 power lines during low-level operations in light rain conditions.

Findings

Personnel issues - Monitoring environment - Pilot

Environmental issues - Wire - Effect on operation


Factual Information

History of Flight

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

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Commercial

Age:                                                          39,Male

Airplane Rating(s):

None

Seat Occupied:                                                          Front

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:                                  4-point

Instrument Rating(s):

None

Second Pilot Present:

Instructor Rating(s):

None

Toxicology Performed:

Medical Certification:

Class 2 With

waivers/limitations        Last FAA Medical Exam:                                       March 3, 2022

Occupational Pilot:

Yes

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:                                                          May 11, 2022

Flight Time:

2411.8 hours

(Total, all aircraft), 1403.2 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Hiller

Registration:

130HA

Model/Series:

UH-12E

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

1975

Amateur Built:

 

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal

Serial Number:

HA3030

Landing Gear Type:

None; Skid

Seats:

3

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

July 1, 2022 Annual

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

2800 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time:

7326.5 Hrs at time of accident

Engine Manufacturer:

LYCOMING

ELT:

Not installed

Engine Model/Series:

VO540C2A

Registered Owner:

 

Rated Power:

305 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:

KEAT,1239 ft msl                    Distance from Accident Site:

4 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

09:55 Local                             Direction from Accident Site:

332°

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear / 10000 ft AGL               Visibility

10 miles

Lowest Ceiling:

Overcast / 10000 ft AGL         Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

5 knots /                                Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

None / None

Wind Direction:

250°                                       Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting:

29.93 inches Hg                      Temperature/Dew Point:

17°C / 14°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

Light - Showers - Rain

 

Departure Point:

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

Wenatchee, WA                      Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

Type of Airspace:

Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1

Serious

Aircraft Damage:

Destroyed

Passenger Injuries:

 

 

Aircraft Fire:

On-ground

Ground Injuries:

 

 

Aircraft Explosion:

Unknown

Total Injuries:

1

Serious

Latitude, Longitude:

47.3329,-120.1501(est)

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Johnson, Scott

 

Additional Participating Persons:

Kevin Marsac; Federal Aviation Administration; Spokane, WA

 

Original Publish Date:

September 22, 2022                                                                    Investigation Class:

4

Note:

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

 

Investigation Docket:

https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket?ProjectID=105452

 

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