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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223302
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 206B
Owner/operator:JP Helicopters
Registration: N183TC
MSN: 1805
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Entiat, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Orondo, WA
Destination airport:Orondo, WA
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot†reported that, while maneuvering the helicopter at†low altitude for an agricultural application flight, an unsecured†clipboard that was on the seat next to him fell and became lodged under the antitorque pedals. Unable to free the clipboard, the pilot chose to make a precautionary landing.†About 5 to10 ft above†ground level, the pilot lost tail rotor authority, and the helicopter began to rotate to the right.†After about two rotations, he was able to land the helicopter. During the touchdown, the stinger folded into the tail rotor.
The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom.
The pilot reported that there were†no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to secure a loose item inside the cockpit that†interfered†with antitorque pedal control and†led to a loss of helicopter control due to a loss of tail rotor effectiveness.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

22-Mar-2019 19:10 ASN Update Bot Added

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