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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 144646
Last updated: 28 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell OH-58C Kiowa (Garlick mod.)
Owner/operator:Custom Air Llc
Registration: N452MC
MSN: 69-16110
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near the int. of Highway 24 and Irene Rd., Liberty, Amite County, MS -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:McComb, MS
Destination airport:Woodville, MS
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, about 3 minutes after takeoff, the helicopter yawed left. The pilot stated that he lowered the collective and initiated a descent for an autorotative landing and that the cabin then filled with smoke. He landed the helicopter uneventfully in a field and exited it. Subsequently, he noticed a fire in the engine compartment. Inspection of the engine revealed damage to the Nos. 5 and 8 bearings consistent with the reduced oil supply to the bearings during engine operation, which resulted in a catastrophic engine failure. Due to the severity of the damage to the bearing components, it could not be determined whether any preaccident malfunctions or failures existed in the bearing assembly that could have led to the reduction in the oil supply.
Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power due to oil starvation at the Nos. 5 and 8 engine bearings, which resulted in a catastrophic engine failure.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

27-Mar-2012 09:43 gerard57 Added
27-Mar-2012 16:13 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Mar-2012 06:54 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-May-2012 23:21 Geno Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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