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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 224095
Last updated: 7 September 2021
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Time:07:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell OH-58A Kiowa
Owner/operator:Omaha Police Department
Registration: N109PD
MSN: 412316
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:NW of North Omaha Airport (3NO), Omaha, NE -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Aerial patrol
Departure airport:Omaha, NE (3NO)
Destination airport:Bertoua Airport (BTA/FKKO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Shortly after takeoff and while climbing through 200 to 250 ft above ground level in a left turn, the pilots of the helicopter noted an audible horn, low main rotor rpm, and a loss of altitude "indicating a loss of rotor RPM and engine power." The flying pilot entered an autorotation to recover rotor rpm, and the pilots located a forced landing location. Upon touchdown, the forward landing gear skids dug into the soft terrain, and the helicopter rocked forward and backward, resulting in the main rotor contacting the tail boom.
An examination of the helicopter revealed no preimpact mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. The engine was removed and placed in a production test cell for an engine test run. The engine responded normally to all power demands without surging or hesitation. Based on the available evidence, the reason for the partial loss of engine power could not be determined.

Probable Cause: A partial loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined based on the available evidence.


FAA register:


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

Revision history:

18-Apr-2019 05:37 Geno Added
18-Apr-2019 05:40 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Narrative]
28-Mar-2021 17:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]
28-Mar-2021 17:49 harro Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]

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