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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196618
Last updated: 29 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3 A-Star
Registration: N357PJ
C/n / msn: 3608
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Donner Summit, near Kidd Lake, Kingvale, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Soda Springs, CA
Destination airport:King Vale, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot of the helicopter reported that, during the landing on the unimproved dirt parking lot, dust started to kick up, and he transitioned to looking through the “chin bubble” for a visual point of reference. When the helicopter was about 5 to 6 ft above the ground, the pilot felt a sudden impact, followed by subsequent impacts from the two additional rotor blades impacting what was later found to be a tree. The helicopter “violently” fell to the ground and rolled onto its left side.
The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and main rotor system.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from trees while landing in a dusty, unimproved landing zone.


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Revision history:

12-Jul-2017 08:15 gerard57 Added
12-Jul-2017 08:18 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Location]
12-Jul-2017 08:52 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Jul-2017 10:40 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Jul-2017 12:53 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Nature, Narrative]
12-Jul-2017 14:44 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Oct-2017 17:40 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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