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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223598
Last updated: 4 September 2021
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Time:07:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger II
Owner/operator:Hummingbirds Inc
Registration: N83181
MSN: 1095
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Valley Center, North San Diego County, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Valley Center, CA
Destination airport:Valley Center, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
The helicopter pilot reported that, during reloading operations for an agricultural spray flight and while boarding the helicopter, which was positioned on top of the loading truck's platform, he saw that the load fill hose was not connected to the helicopter. However, before starting the helicopter, and unknown to the pilot, the ground crew connected the hose. During takeoff, the helicopter rotated about 180 to the right, the helicopter's right skid struck the truck's hood, and the helicopter then rolled right and impacted terrain.
The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor system.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The ground crew's attachment of the load fill hose to the helicopter without telling the pilot, which resulted in a loss of helicopter control during takeoff.


FAA register:


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


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

29-Mar-2019 23:39 Geno Added
29-Mar-2021 09:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]
29-Mar-2021 12:20 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo]

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