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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 135031
Last updated: 25 November 2017
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Type:Brantly B-2B
Owner/operator:Peter J. Spinelli Jr.
Registration: N2183U
C/n / msn: 345
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cullman, AL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB

On April 1, 2006, at 1802 central standard time, a Brantly B2B, N2183U, registered to a private owner, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, collided with telephone and guy wires while maneuvering in the vicinity of Cullman, Alabama. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The helicopter sustained substantial damage, and a post crash fire ensued. The private pilot received serious injuries and stated to his brother that he has no recollection of the events concerning the flight. The flight originated from a private heliport in Madison, Alabama, on April 1, 2006, at an undetermined time. The helicopter was enroute to a private heliport in Cullman, Alabama.

A witness who was driving his truck west bound in the vicinity of Cullman, Alabama stated he observed a helicopter flying east bound over County Road 222 between 100 to 200 feet above the ground. The helicopter flew over his truck and started a descent as if it was going to land. The driver pulled over and turned his vehicle around to watch the helicopter. The helicopter leveled off between 30 to 40 feet above the ground and collided with some telephone wires. Right before the collision, the witness stated he felt the pilot lost control of the helicopter. The nose of the helicopter pitched down and the helicopter collided with the ground near a highway guardrail and rolled over on its right side.

Another witness who was in his back yard with his son heard the helicopter approaching their location. The helicopter was flying eastbound across County Road 222 near a creek in the vicinity of Whitlock's General Store. The witness thought the pilot was following a creek in preparation for landing at a private helipad where a mechanic is known to perform maintenance on helicopters. The helicopter was observed to start a descent. The helicopter was at about 30 feet above the ground when the witness heard a change in engine noise. The witness stated the helicopter collided with telephone lines, the nose pitched down, and the helicopter disappeared from view. He immediately informed his wife to call the 911 emergency operators. He and his son departed on a four-wheeler and went to the crash site. The helicopter was on fire, and he heard someone ask for a knife. He went over to the helicopter and cut the pilot's seat belt and the pilot was removed from the burning wreckage. The girlfriend of the injured pilot arrived at the accident site shortly after the accident. She stated the pilot was taking the helicopter to a private heliport in the immediate area so an annual inspection could be performed on the helicopter.


Review of records on file with the FAA Airman Certification Branch, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, revealed the pilot was issued a private pilot certificate on April 30,1988, with ratings for rotorcraft helicopter. The pilot held a third class medical certificate issued on June 8, 2004, with the restriction, " Holder shall wear corrective lenses." The pilot indicated on his application for the third class medical certificate that he had accumulated 152 total flight hours. The pilot's last flight review was conducted on March 26, 2006. The pilot's logbook revealed he has a total of 160.1 hours of which 83.61 hours are in the B2B. The pilot has 80.6 hours as pilot-in-command in all helicopters and 79.4 hours in the B2B. The pilot's last recorded flight before the accident was during his flight review. The pilot's last flight before the flight review was on September 8, 2005.


The helicopter was a Brantly model B2B, serial No. 345, manufactured in 1965. The helicopter is equipped with a Lycoming IVO-360-A1A, 180 horsepower engine. The last recorded annual inspection was conducted on March 18, 2005. The Hobbs meter indicated 537.2 hours. The total time since major overhaul was 790.2 hours. The airframe total time was 1,405.0 hours. The helicopter has flown 4.1 hours since the annual inspection not including the accident flight. Th


NTSB id 20060405X00395

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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