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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 160794
Last updated: 31 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III
Owner/operator:State Of Illinois
Registration: N721LL
MSN: 51164
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Amistad, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Dalhart, TX (DHT)
Destination airport:Albuquerque, NM (ABQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that the helicopter was established in cruise flight on a west-southwest course at 300 feet above ground level before the accident. The pilot stated that about 25 minutes into the flight, he observed "multiple large black birds" in the helicopter's flightpath and initiated an "immediate hard turn to the right to avoid" them. He subsequently noted an increase in main rotor speed and adjusted accordingly. The pilot rolled out on a reciprocal heading, leveled the helicopter, and began to slow down. He noticed that the descent rate was not decreasing. The helicopter touched down "hard," seemed to bounce and came to rest about 100 yards from the initial touchdown point. The pilot reported no preaccident failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to arrest the descent following an abrupt maneuver to avoid birds, which resulted in an impact with terrain.



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

Revision history:

22-Sep-2013 00:19 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 09:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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