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Narrative:On November 6, 1999, about 0950 hours Pacific standard time, a Bell OH-58A, N911RN, was destroyed when it made a forced landing on a city street in La Puente, California, following a loss of engine power. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. The public-use helicopter was being operated by the Huntington Park, California, Police Department at the time of the accident. The flight originated from El Monte, California, about 0945, and was en route to the City of Industry, California, to take on additional fuel. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.
Bell OH-58A Kiowa
|Owner/operator:||Huntington Park Police Dept|
|C/n / msn:|| 40674|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||La Puente, California -
United States of America
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||El Monte, California (EMT/KEMT)|
|Destination airport:||City of Industry, California|
While in cruise flight at 100 knots and 600 feet above ground level, the N1 engine speed began to bleed off. The pilot stated that he modulated the throttle and heard a "pop." He lowered the collective and engaged the starter. The N1 speed continued to bleed off and the pilot began a right turn for a 180-degree autorotation. He planned to land on a city street where traffic had stopped for a light. As he slowed from 80 knots to 50 knots and prepared to flare, a vehicle moved onto the road. He entered a cyclic flare and turned to land on a raised road divider island. He stated that the rotor rpm was in the green arc at the initiation of the flare. The helicopter slid forward on the ground and the main rotor blades severed a power pole. The cabin buckled on the right side and the right windshield cracked. The pilot stated that he did not recall observing the engine-out light, but did recall seeing the master caution light illuminate.
NOTE; The helicopter was ex-US Army s/n 70-15123 and it was this number that the FAA used as the c/no, instead of the official manufacturers c/no (40674) to civil registry as N911RN April 10 1998.
1. NTSB Identification: LAX00TA030 at http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20001212X20131&ntsbno=LAX00TA030&akey=1
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Cn, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]|
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