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NTSB Final Report: East Troy, WI

Location:

East Troy, Wisconsin

Accident Number:

CEN22LA305

Date & Time:

July 1, 2022, 16:30 Local

Registration:

N882NY

Aircraft:

Bell 206B

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Fuel exhaustion

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General aviation - Personal

 

 

Analysis

While approaching to land on a support truck, the helicopter experienced a loss of engine power. The pilot attempted to autorotate to land and the helicopter experienced a hard landing. The right skid broke, and the main rotor blades struck the ground and the tail boom. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and tail boom. The pilot attributed the loss of engine power due to a possible fuel pump failure.

During a telephone interview the pilot said that he took off from the airport ramp to refuel and the fuel gauge indicated about 15 to 20 gallons. He climbed the helicopter to about 40 ft, flew about 150 yards, and landed on a support truck where the helicopter idled for about 15 minutes while ground personnel attempted to get the truck fuel pump to work. One of the ground personnel waved the pilot off to another support truck. The helicopter climbed to about 40 ft and moved about 35 - 50 yards to a second support truck. As the helicopter approached to land, the tachometer dropped then spiked, and then the engine lost power. The pilot nosed the helicopter over to avoid the truck and the helicopter hit the ground. When asked the pilot answered, "I guess I ran out of fuel".

A postaccident examination of the helicopter revealed that the fuel tanks were dry and the fuel gauge indicated 0 gallons of fuel.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s improper fuel management that resulted in fuel exhaustion and a loss of engine power.

Findings

Aircraft - Fuel - Fluid management

Aircraft - Fuel - Fluid level

Personnel issues - Fuel planning - Pilot


Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach                                             Fuel exhaustion (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Commercial; Private

Age:

37,Male

Airplane Rating(s):

Single-engine land

Seat Occupied:

Right

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

5-point

Instrument Rating(s):

None

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

None

Toxicology Performed:

 

Medical Certification:

Class 2 Without waivers/limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

December 22, 2021

Occupational Pilot:

Yes

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

January 27, 2022

Flight Time:

2858 hours (Total, all aircraft)

 

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Bell

Registration:

N882NY

Model/Series:

206B

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

1972

Amateur Built:

 

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal; Restricted (Special)

Serial Number:

882

Landing Gear Type:

High skid

Seats:

5

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

May 1, 2022 Annual

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

3200 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Turbo shaft

Airframe Total Time:

23771 Hrs at time of accident

Engine Manufacturer:

Allison

ELT:

Not installed

Engine Model/Series:

250-C20

Registered Owner:

 

Rated Power:

420 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:

Distance from Accident Site:

 

Observation Time:

Direction from Accident Site:

 

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Visibility

 

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

8 knots /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

/

Wind Direction:

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

/

Altimeter Setting:

29.27 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

17.8°C / 16.1°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

No Obscuration; No Precipitation

 

Departure Point:

East Troy, WI

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

East Troy, WI

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

Type of Airspace:

Class G

Airport Information

Airport:

EAST TROY MUNI 57C

Runway Surface Type:

 

Airport Elevation:

860 ft msl

Runway Surface Condition:

 

Runway Used:

 

IFR Approach:

None

Runway Length/Width:

 

VFR Approach/Landing:

Unknown

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

 

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 None

Latitude, Longitude:

42.777654,-88.388804(est)

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Brannen, John

 

Additional Participating Persons:

Nicholas Holmes; FAA

 

Original Publish Date:

November 3, 2022                                                                       Investigation Class:

4

Note:

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

 

Investigation Docket:

https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket?ProjectID=105427

 

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