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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 16617
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Date:20-JUN-1993
Time:17:42
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III
Owner/operator:Metro Ambulance
Registration: N911MT
MSN: 51171
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:near West Monroe, Louisiana -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:West Monroe, Lousiana
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On June 20, 1993, at approximately 17:42 CDT (Central Daylight Time), a Bell 206L-3 helicopter, N911MT, was substantially damaged upon impact with power lines and the ground near West Monroe, Louisiana, while on initial takeoff/climb out. The helicopter was owned and operated by Metro Ambulance of Monroe, Louisiana, a 14 CFR Part 135 on demand air taxi operator. The airline transport pilot, the emergency medical technician, and the litter patient, sustained minor injuries. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

According to the operator, the helicopter was dispatched to the site of a single vehicle automobile accident to transport one of the occupants of the automobile who was complaining of having difficulty breathing. The medical technician aboard the helicopter stated that the pilot circled south of the accident site to clear the area as soon as the landing zone was identified. A normal approach was completed to the flares outlining the landing area on the median of the highway.

Witnesses at the site reported that after the patient was secured in the aircraft, the helicopter was brought to a hover with a pedal turn to align the aircraft for an east departure. As the helicopter initiated its takeoff climb, the main rotor blades impacted four unmarked power lines that crossed the highway from north to south at approximately 45 feet above the highway. After cutting all four wires, the helicopter landed hard on the shoulder of the road, collapsed the right landing gear skid, and slid for 45 feet before coming to rest.

The NTSB determined the probable cause to be: The pilot's inadequate planning and preparation prior to take-off and his failure to maintain obstacle clearance. Factors were the fog and low ceiling.

US Registration N911MT cancelled by the FAA on 12-10-1994 as "Exported to South Africa". Believed repaired/rebuilt as ZS-RFA, later to Malawi as 7Q-Y**

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: FTW93FA192 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20001211X12606&ntsbno=FTW93FA192&akey=1_
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=911MT
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=2921
4. http://www.rotorspot.nl/historic/7q.php


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Mar-2008 13:00 ASN archive Added
28-Aug-2016 16:31 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:13 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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