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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 182107
Last updated: 19 November 2019
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Date:07-DEC-2015
Time:12:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD 600N
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N607BP
C/n / msn: RN036
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Angleton, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Houston, TX
Destination airport:Angleton, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Before landing, the private pilot conducted an area reconnaissance in the helicopter about 300 to 500 ft above ground level (agl), and noted the wind was calm. While performing hover work about 15 ft agl, the helicopter pitched nose down, and the pilot pulled aft on the cyclic to recover. The helicopter then rolled to the right, and the pilot applied left cyclic. The pilot stated that the helicopter seemed to right itself, then “snap turned” to the right and entered a spin. The pilot then attempted to land the helicopter, and during the landing, the helicopter impacted terrain and rolled onto its left side. Examination of the airframe, flight controls, and engine revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation, and the reason for the loss of control could not be determined.


Probable Cause: A loss of control while hovering for reasons that could not be determined, because postaccident examination revealed no mechanical anomalies or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20151208X01729


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Dec-2015 16:07 gerard57 Added
08-Dec-2015 18:20 rotorspot Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
08-Dec-2015 18:23 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Dec-2015 00:38 Geno Updated [Source]
15-Dec-2015 20:01 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Jan-2017 17:19 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Phase, Destination airport, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 07:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 07:27 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities]

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