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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139907
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger III
Owner/operator:Applebee Aviation Inc
Registration: N16HA
MSN: 3229
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:North of Woodburn, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:External load operation
Departure airport:Oregon City, OR
Destination airport:Woodburn, OR (7S9)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was using the helicopter to lift bundles of Christmas trees from a field to a loading zone with a 25-foot-long steel line. Shortly after one of the bundles was picked up, it came apart and fell from the line. As the pilot repositioned the helicopter to reattach the bundle, the line became snagged on an obstacle on the ground. He immediately reached for the line release switch, but the line did not detach, likely because he did not make positive contact with the switch. Before he could activate the manual backup release switch, the helicopter pitched down, descended, and collided with terrain. Postaccident examination of the primary and backup release systems revealed no mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. Because the helicopter was no more than 25 feet above ground level when the line snagged, even a successful activation of the line release switch may not have prevented the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain ground clearance while maneuvering with an external load line.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

15-Nov-2011 12:00 Alpine Flight Added
15-Nov-2011 14:14 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Narrative]
15-Nov-2011 14:14 RobertMB Updated [Operator]
08-Dec-2011 13:17 Geno Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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