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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145847
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-58A
Owner/operator:B & S Air INC
Registration: N38FA
MSN: 70-15448
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Weedon Field Airport - KEUF, Eufaula, AL -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Eufaula, AL (EUF)
Destination airport:Eufaula, AL (EUF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he was conducting annual refresher training with a certified flight instructor. During a practice autorotation to runway 18, the helicopter descended below a nearby tree line and then suddenly dropped. He stated that the helicopter descended so rapidly that he was unable to arrest the descent rate and the helicopter landed hard. The pilot reported that the wind was from 230 degrees at 10 knots with gusts to 19 knots at the time of the accident. He reported that, as the helicopter descended below treetop level, "…we lost all lift and wind advantage." The hard landing resulted in a fractured tail boom. The pilots reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate compensation for the gusting wind, which resulted in an excessive descent rate and hard landing.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

26-May-2012 19:21 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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