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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 41057
Last updated: 10 November 2019
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Date:25-APR-2000
Time:12:16
Type:Silhouette image of generic BK17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
MBB BK 117A-3
Owner/operator:Rocky Mountain Helicopters
Registration: N428MB
C/n / msn: 7088
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near St. Petersburg , FL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The medical service helicopter had completed a patient drop-off and was enroute to its' home base when it collided with a 649 foot radio tower. The operator stated that the flight was flying a newly established route in response to local noise complaints. Examination of the rotor system showed several indentations along the leading edges of two main rotor blades. There were also fresh mirroring indentations at the 480-foot level of the steel structure of the tower. No mechanical problems were discovered during the examination of the helicopter.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance that resulted in the in-flight collision with a tower.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001212X20758&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
24-Jul-2010 12:37 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
20-Aug-2010 03:15 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
20-Aug-2010 04:28 TB Updated [Operator]
02-Nov-2012 13:18 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 18:33 ASN Update Bot Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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