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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145319
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 206 JetRanger
Owner/operator:AG AIR LLC
Registration: N16EP
MSN: 3081
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:In a wheat field behind the Turnpike\'s Lawn Service Plaza, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:York, PA (THV)
Destination airport:York, PA (THV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that before the accident flight, there was a trainee pilot in the agricultural application helicopter who preferred no friction on the controls. Once the trainee pilot left, the accident pilot forgot to adjust the control friction. During the accident flight, the helicopter was spraying a wheat field at 55 mph and about 10 feet above the ground. The pilot let go of the collective to adjust the helicopter's computer. The collective subsequently lowered and the helicopter impacted terrain, coming to rest on its side, with the tail boom separated. The pilot stated that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have prevented normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's diverted attention while performing aerial application at low altitude, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís failure to adjust the control friction to the position he was accustomed.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Apr-2012 05:52 gerard57 Added
28-Apr-2012 07:12 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
28-Nov-2017 19:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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