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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 131897
Last updated: 4 October 2019
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Date:18-FEB-2000
Time:11:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 500C (369HS)
Owner/operator:Heli Guam Inc.
Registration: N437DS
C/n / msn: 530476S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Pohnpei -   Micronesia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot reported that he and the observer were planning to conduct tuna spotting operations. This was to be the first flight of the day. After takeoff, about 100 to 150 feet above sea level, the helicopter began an uncommanded right turn, followed by an uncontrollable right spin. The helicopter spun several times then impacted the water. The two right landing gear legs collapsed and the helicopter rolled onto its right side and sank. The pilot and observer both exited without any difficulties and were rescued by the ship's crewmembers. The pilot reported that he hadn't noted any unusual noises or vibrations prior to the accident. The helicopter mechanic witnessed the accident from the ship's deck. He saw the helicopter takeoff and begin spinning to the right. He didn't note any unusual noises or see any components separate from the helicopter.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001212X20524&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 18:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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