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The responding Federal Aviation Administration
inspector stated that witnesses observed the helicopter
strike the power lines and then impact terrain. The
pilot was able to egress the wreckage and was flown
to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injures
on September 11, 2014.
A GPS was recovered from the accident site and was sent to
the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Recorders
Lab for download.
NTSB Identification: *WPR14LA374*
Date: September 12, 2014
Location: Tombstone, AZ
Aircraft: BELL 206
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
On September 12, 2014 about 1115 mountain standard time,
the pilot of a Bell 206L4 initiated a forced landing onto a
gravel road following a partial loss of power near Tombstone,
Arizona. The helicopter was under the provisions of Title 14
Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.The commercial rated
pilot and one passenger were uninjured; the helicopter
sustained substantial damage to the tail boom. Visual
meteorological conditions prevailed and a company visual
flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated from
Sierra Vista Municipal Airport – Libby Army Airfield, Sierra
Vista, Arizona at 1050 for a local flight.
The pilot reported that during cruise flight the helicopter’s
RPM suddenly started to decrease, he reduced power and
initiated a forced landing. During the approach to land the
engine lost complete power and the helicopter impacted
the ground hard. Subsequently, the helicopter’s skids spread
and the main rotor blade severed the tail boom.
The helicopter was recovered to a secure location for further
NTSB Identification: *CEN14WA498*
Date: September 16, 2014
Location: Flamborough, United Kingdom
Aircraft: AGUSTA BELL 206B
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
On September 16, 2014, at 1241 coordinated universal time,
an Agusta-Bell 206B helicopter impacted the water off the
coast of Flamborough, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. The
pilot and passenger were both fatally injured. The helicopter
was destroyed. The helicopter departed Ness Point, Suffolk,
and was en route to Humberside Airport, Lincolnshire.
The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and
control of the United Kingdom’s Air Accident Investigation
Branch (AAIB). This report is for information purposes only
and contains only information released by or obtained from
the government of the United Kingdom. Further information
pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:
Air Accidents Investigation Branch
Berkshire Copse Road
GU11 2HH, United Kingdom
NTSB Identification: *CEN14LA517*
Date: September 19, 2014
Location: Cahokia, IL
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 BETA,
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
On September 19, 2014, at 1030 central daylight time
a Robinson R-22 Beta helicopter, landed hard during a
forced landing near the St.Louis Downtown Airport (CPS),
Cahokia, Illinois. The commercial rated pilot was not injured.
The helicopter was registered to a private corporation
and operated by the pilot. No flight plan was filed for
the local flight that originated at CPS about 1000.Visual
meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight
that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of
Federal Aviation Regulations Part 91.
According to the pilot, shortly after he took off the clutch
warning light came on. He did not think this was abnormal
because the belts will heat up and re-tension themselves
causing the light to briefly illuminate. However, as a
precaution, and as directed by the manufacturer, he waited to
see if the light would go out in 10 seconds. The light did not
turn off, so he pulled the clutch circuit breaker and landed
immediately in a parking lot. After landing, the pilot locked
the controls, got out of the helicopter and looked inside the
engine compartment. He did not see anything abnormal. At
this point, the pilot said a group of young men, who “didn’t
look friendly” were waving their arms and saying that he
wasn’t allowed to land there. The pilot was unable to find
his cell phone to call for help, so he elected to get back in
the helicopter and make the short flight back to the airport.
The pilot then departed and was about 500 yards from
landing on runway 5, when the helicopter began to vibrate
and “make a lot of noise.”The pilot entered an autorotation.
He said,“As I slowed and did the flair to land the helicopter
yawed to the left as I pulled collective to run it on. I realized
there was no tail rotor. The skids contacted the ground and
dug into the soft ground.. I think that’s when the tail boom
lifted and the blade cut it off.”
The helicopter was retained for further examination.
NTSB Identification: *CEN14CA513*
Date: September 22, 2014
Location: Grand Forks, ND
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 269C
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
The pilot receiving instruction was performing a practice
180-degree autorotation. Just prior to touchdown, the
flight instructor perceived an abrupt loss in altitude,
followed by a hard landing and tail rotor strike, which
substantially damaged the tail rotor. The flight instructor
reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures
with the helicopter that would have precluded normal
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the
probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The flight instructor’s
inadequate supervision and delayed remedial action during
a practice autorotation, which resulted in a tail rotor strike.
NTSB Identification: *ERA14WA457*
Date: September 23, 2014
Location: Bolivar, Venezuela
Aircraft: BELL 206B,
Injuries: 3 Fatal.
On September 23, 2014, about 2200 universal coordinated
time, a Bell 206B helicopter impacted terrain after a loss of
engine power in Bolivar State, Venezuela. The pilot and the
two passengers were fatally injured.
This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government
This report is for informational purposes, and only contains
information that was released by the government of
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