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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157069
Last updated: 17 August 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
Registration: N407FK
MSN: 4061
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near County Roads 9 and M-Southwest, Royal City, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Royal City, WA
Destination airport:Royal City, WA
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he was drying a cherry tree orchard covered in netting material. During a low pass, he noted that the helicopter's skid was closer to the netting than he had anticipated, and, before he could adjust, the skid hooked the netting. The pilot was unable to maintain control as the helicopter rolled, and it subsequently struck the ground inverted. The orchard was sloped, which likely made it difficult for the pilot to adequately judge the helicopter's height above the trees. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from netting material during a low pass over trees, which resulted in a loss of helicopter control.


FAA register:

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

Revision history:

25-Jun-2013 02:14 gerard57 Added
25-Jun-2013 13:31 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type]
25-Jun-2013 15:25 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 08:45 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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