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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233445
Last updated: 23 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B430 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 430
Owner/operator:Southern Aircraft Services Inc
Registration: N430WH
MSN: 49114
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Miami Gardens, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Stuart, FL (SUA)
Destination airport:Miami Gardens, FL (0FD2)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, he made a "normal" approach to a helipad and subsequently hover-taxied to the parking area. Two other helicopters were parked on opposite sides of the parking area, and per existing procedures, the pilot hover-taxied his helicopter to the center of the parking area and commenced a pedal turn to align it with the others. About 90 degrees through the turn, a tail rotor blade from the pilot's helicopter impacted a main rotor blade tip on one of the parked helicopters, resulting in substantial damage to the tail rotor blade. The pilot subsequently completed the turn and landed without further incident. The pilot did not report any preexisting mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's misjudgment of his helicopter's position relative to a parked helicopter during a pedal turn.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

02-Mar-2020 11:04 ASN Update Bot Added

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