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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 217946
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-58C Kiowa
Owner/operator:Columbus Police Department
Registration: N510CP
MSN: 40734
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Coosa River, near Clanton, AL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Auburn, AL (KAUO)
Destination airport:Clanton, AL (02A)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On November 16, 2018, about 1130 central standard time, a Bell OH-58C helicopter, N510CP, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Verbena, Alabama. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. This was a Part 91 positioning flight.

According to the mechanic, the helicopter was being repositioned to the Chilton County Airport (02A), Clanton, Alabama, for routine maintenance. On the day of the accident, the pilot departed Columbus Airport, Columbus, Georgia (CSG), then stopped at Auburn University Regional Airport (AUO) to pick up a passenger before continuing to 02A.

According to witness statements, the helicopter approached a river from the east and then flew north over the river at a low altitude before doing a maneuver to head south. One witness saw the helicopter "catch and turn" then impact the water. Another witness reported hearing a loud explosion, and when he went to the river, the wreckage was below where the power lines were, but the power lines were no longer across the river.
After the accident, a severed power line was located in the river.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper decision to conduct a low-level flight over a river, and his failure to see and avoid power lines, which resulted in the helicopter's impact with power lines and the water.


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


Revision history:

16-Nov-2018 21:58 Iceman 29 Added
16-Nov-2018 22:51 Aerossurance Updated [Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
16-Nov-2018 22:55 Aerossurance Updated [Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
17-Nov-2018 03:30 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Nov-2018 10:06 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
17-Nov-2018 21:39 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Nov-2018 21:43 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
18-Nov-2018 20:11 Captain Adam Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
18-Nov-2018 23:15 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
19-Nov-2018 21:21 Geno Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source]
21-Nov-2018 21:53 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2019 08:06 harro Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Aug-2020 08:58 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Aug-2020 09:04 harro Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Feb-2021 17:30 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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