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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133842
Last updated: 24 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes OH-6
Owner/operator:U.S. Border Patrol
Registration: N5184C
C/n / msn: 1347
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Yuma, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:YUM
Destination airport:
On May 2, 1996, at 1022 hours mountain standard time, a Hughes 369 helicopter, N5184C, collided with the terrain near Yuma, Arizona. Visual meteorological conditions existed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot received minor injuries. The aircraft is owned and operated by the U.S. Border Patrol and was on a local surveillance operation.

According to the pilot, he was flying slowly in an eastward direction about 50 feet above the ground when he saw something on the ground. He initiated a left turn then started a right turn to position the aircraft to better observe the tracks on the ground. The wind was about 20 mph, fluctuating from the southeast to the south-southwest with gusts of 25 to 30 mph. He remembers being in the last phase of the downwind turn to the right when the aircraft began fishtailing, the tailboom porpoising, and then striking the ground. He stated he lost control during the last stage of the turn and crashed on the right side.

The pilot reported no mechanical problems with the aircraft prior to the accident.
PROBABLE CAUSE:failure of the pilot to maintain control of the helicopter, while maneuvering close to the ground. The unfavorable wind condition was a related factor.


NTSB id 20001208X05828

Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
16-Sep-2019 14:05 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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