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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213386
Last updated: 2 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II
Owner/operator:Blackstar LLC
Registration: N39LR
MSN: 45654
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Henry County, New Castle, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:New Castle, IN
Destination airport:New Castle, IN
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the helicopter pilot, during an agricultural flight, he landed on the tender truck platform. The ground crewman connected a hose to fill the hopper, but he did not provide positive communication to the pilot regarding task completion. Consequently, "due to crew miscommunication," the pilot took off with the hose still connected to the helicopter. The tail rotor struck the hose, and the pilot lost tail rotor effectiveness. The helicopter entered an uncontrollable right spin, and the pilot lowered the collective. The helicopter descended, struck the ground, and then rolled over.
The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom, tail rotor system, main rotor system, and the skids.
The pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented by implementing a documented operating procedure to ensure positive communication between the ground crew and pilot.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to ensure that the fill hose was disconnected from the helicopter before takeoff, which resulted in the fill hose striking the tail rotor and the subsequent loss of tail rotor effectiveness. Contributing to the accident was inadequate communication between the ground crewman and the pilot.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

17-Jul-2018 13:53 Anon. Added
17-Jul-2018 14:17 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
17-Jul-2018 16:51 Geno Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
10-Jun-2019 06:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
10-Jun-2019 14:13 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo]

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