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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216780
Last updated: 4 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:Washoe County Sheriffs Office
Registration: N1032F
MSN: 70-15595
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lakeview, Washoe County NE of Carson City, NV -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Aerial patrol
Departure airport:Reno/Tahoe International Airport, NV (RNO/KRNO)
Destination airport:Carson City Airport, NV (CSN/KCXP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, while maneuvering at low altitude along a highway, the sun was in line with the helicopterís direction of travel and in his eyes. When the helicopter was about 200 ft above ground level, the main rotor blades struck three power lines strung across the highway. He executed an emergency landing without further incident. The pilot added that the unmarked wires crossed the highway from behind one hill to behind an adjacent hill on the other side of the highway and that the power line poles were not visible due to blocking terrain.
The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades.
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 power lines while maneuvering at a low altitude in hilly terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís inability to determine the airplaneís altitude due to sun glare.



FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Oct-2018 03:18 Geno Added
29-Oct-2018 13:28 A.J.Scholten Updated [Cn, Source]
31-Oct-2018 15:45 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Phase, Nature]
01-Sep-2020 16:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
01-Sep-2020 18:44 harro Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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