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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212381
Last updated: 22 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell OH-58A Kiowa
Owner/operator:North Carolina State Highway Patrol
Registration: N303HP
MSN: 70-15384
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Raleigh, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Raleigh, NC (3NC2)
Destination airport:Raleigh, NC (3NC2)
Investigating agency: NTSB
In preparation for a local flight, the commercial pilot moved the helicopter from the hangar to the helipad on an electric transporter that was attached to the helicopter skids. During the pilotís preflight preparation, shortly after he had unhooked the left skid from the transporter, the passenger interrupted him to ask if the flight controls could be removed from the copilotís side. After removing the controls, the pilot continued with his preflight inspection; however, he forgot to unhook the right skid from the transporter. Subsequently, during the takeoff, the helicopter rolled right until the main rotor blades struck the ground. The pilotís failure to unhook the transporter from the right skid led to the subsequent dynamic rollover.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection, during which he failed to detach ground handling equipment from the helicopter before initiating the takeoff, which resulted in the subsequent dynamic rollover.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

20-Jun-2018 15:53 Captain Adam Added
20-Jun-2018 16:54 McCawley Updated [Aircraft type]
20-Jun-2018 16:56 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Damage]
20-Jun-2018 17:12 Geno Updated [Cn, Source, Embed code]
20-Jun-2018 17:33 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Narrative, Plane category]
20-Jun-2018 17:34 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Narrative]
20-Jun-2018 19:27 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
10-Feb-2019 10:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]
10-Feb-2019 12:13 harro Updated [Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo]

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