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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225121
Last updated: 27 September 2021
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Time:14:26 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV
Owner/operator:Zip Aviation opf Blade
Registration: N26BB
MSN: 52493
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hudson River at West 30th St Heliport (KJRA), New York, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:New York, NY (KJRA)
Destination airport:New York, NY (KJRA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was attempting to reposition the helicopter to a helipad after refueling at a riverfront heliport. On his first approach to the helipad in a gusting, quartering tailwind, the pilot felt the onset of a loss of tail rotor effectiveness (LTE) and aborted the approach and went around. He climbed the helicopter over the water, turned back toward the helipad, and again felt the onset of LTE. The nose of the helicopter began a yaw to the right, and application of full left pedal failed to arrest the yaw. The helicopter then entered an uncontrolled right spin around its mast and descended to water contact, resulting in substantial damage to the airframe. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions of failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to compensate for adverse wind on final approach, which resulted in a loss of tail rotor effectiveness and aircraft control.


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


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