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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145575
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:Townsend Aviation Inc
Registration: N1069Z
MSN: 2855
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Flora, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Monticello, IN (KMCX)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot approached the field he intended to spray from the northeast at a 45-degree angle. He made a gradual climbing left turn to align the helicopter for a spray run to the east, climbing to an altitude of about 100 feet above ground level and slowing to about 40 mph. The wind was from about 300 degrees at 10 mph. As he made the turn, the wind became a tailwind. The helicopter began to descend and settle with power. The pilot maintained a level attitude while attempting to gain airspeed. The helicopter impacted the ground in a level attitude on an easterly heading. The main rotor blades flexed down and severed the tail boom. The helicopter nosed over and came to rest on its right side facing west.
Probable Cause: The pilot allowed the helicopter to settle with power.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

10-May-2012 23:26 vvvww Added
11-May-2012 13:16 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type]
12-May-2012 05:28 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
16-May-2012 16:20 Geno Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:41 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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