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the ground scar, and exhibited a 3-foot diameter area of
white marks with white paint shards at its base. The nose
of the cabin was in contact with the north end of the white
marks on the rock face; the orientation of the fuselage was
Both tail rotor blades separated a few inches from the hub.
One blade was in the bottom of the gully; its fracture surface
was angular and jagged.The other blade was in the tree with
the stabilizer assembly; its fracture surface was angular and
jagged and there was a dent in the leading edge near the
tip. The aft skid crosstube was in the bottom of the dry creek
about 30 feet from the tail rotor blade.
The main rotor blades were oriented north-south. The south
blade did not exhibit any leading or trailing edge damage,
but did have a puncture midspan and midchord that went
through to the top of the blade. The north blade bent down
about 2 feet from the hub; it did not exhibit any leading or
trailing edge polishing or dents.
The engine did not show evidence of catastrophic failure.
The exhaust exhibited ductile bending.
NTSB Identification: *CEN14LA222*
Date: April 25, 2014
Location: Cleburne, TX
Aircraft: HUGHES 269A
Injuries: 2 Minor.
A Hughes 269A helicopter impacted terrain following a
descent from a hover at the Cleburne Regional Airport (CPT),
near Cleburne, Texas. The flight instructor and student pilot
sustained minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial
fuselage and main rotor damage. The helicopter was under
the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an
instructional flight. Day visual flight rules (VFR) conditions
prevailed for the flight, which did not operate on a flight
plan. The local flight originated from CPT at time unknown.
NTSB Identification: *WPR14LA173*
Date: April 27, 2014 Location: Adelanto, CA
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELICOPTER 600N
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor.
A McDonnell Douglas Helicopter (MDHI) MD600N collided
with terrain at Adelanto, California. The airline transport pilot
sustained serious injuries; the commercial rated second pilot
and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter
sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence.
A witness reported that winds were from the west, and the
helicopter was on a heading of 250 degrees. When it lifted
off the ground, it initially tilted to the left looking like it was
going to dynamically roll over. He saw the co-pilot increase
pitch on the collective; the helicopter yawed to the right 90
degrees and tilted nose down. It left the ramp to the north
of the property; the whole fuselage continued to have a left
bank angle of almost 90 degrees, and it spun nose right.
The helicopter spun approximately three revolutions until
it sounded like the pilot got rid of the power bringing the
engine to flight idle. Once the crew cut power to flight idle,
the nose of the helicopter went down, the main rotor blade
came in contact with a fence pole causing sudden stoppage,
and a hard landing collapsed the right gear. Personnel on
the ground assisted the crew getting out of helicopter. The
pilot was unconscious inside of the helicopter, and one of
the ground personnel assisted the pilot by supporting him.
The witness called for emergency services, and the pilot was
airlifted to a hospital.
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