Accident Bell 429 GlobalRanger N505TJ,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 268400
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Date:Wednesday 6 October 2021
Time:c. 21:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic B429 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 429 GlobalRanger
Owner/operator:Mercy Flight Inc
Registration: N505TJ
MSN: 57029
Year of manufacture:2010
Total airframe hrs:2860 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney PW207D1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:N of Genesee County Airport (GVQ/KGVQ), Batavia, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester NY
Destination airport:Batavia-Genesee County Airport, NY (KGVQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that he decided to perform a practice approach to the runway using night vision goggles. He set up the approach and activated the autopilot. About 200 ft above the ground, the helicopter inadvertently entered a fog bank and the pilot lost visual reference to the runway. He attempted to perform a climbing right turn but forgot to deactivate the autopilot. The autopilot initiated a descent into the fog, the pilot maintained a level attitude, and shortly thereafter the helicopter impacted the ground and bounced. The pilot attempted to initiate a climb; however, the helicopter impacted the ground a second time, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to disengage the autopilot prior to climbing out of a fog bank.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA22LA007
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

07-Oct-2021 15:41 Geno Added
07-Oct-2021 16:34 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Oct-2021 16:44 RobertMB Updated [Time, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Oct-2021 16:53 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
07-Oct-2021 18:05 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
08-Oct-2021 10:32 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
08-Oct-2021 10:39 Aerossurance Updated [Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
10-Oct-2021 20:17 Captain Adam Updated [Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
15-Jan-2022 13:11 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative, Category]
15-Jan-2022 13:12 Aerossurance Updated [Category]
15-Jan-2022 14:12 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative, Category]
15-Jan-2022 14:18 Aerossurance Updated [Category]
15-Jan-2022 15:13 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code]
15-Jan-2022 15:13 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code]
15-Jan-2022 15:14 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
29-May-2022 19:52 harro Updated [Date, Narrative, Accident report]

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