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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89226
Last updated: 22 June 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Turbowest Helicopters Ltd.
Registration: C-FBTW
C/n / msn: 3289
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cody, Park County, Wyoming -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Cody, WY (NONE)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was performing an off-site landing with a long-line. The line became entangled in brush, and subsequenmtly, the line became entangled in the tail rotor drive shaft. The tail rotor drive shaft failed, and the pilot performed an autorotation impacting equipment on the ground. During the landing sequence, the tail boom and horizontal stabilizer were bent, and the bottom of the helicopter's fuselage was penetrated.

Probable Cause: the pilot's inadequate in-flight planning for an off site landing, which resulted in failure of the tail rotor drive shaft due to entanglement of his long-line in the drive shaft.



Revision history:

19-Jan-2011 15:58 slowkid Added
29-Jun-2014 22:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 12:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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