Accident Hughes 369E N500FU, 16 Aug 2005
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 293180
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Time:17:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hughes 369E
Owner/operator:Heliflite LLC.
Registration: N500FU
MSN: 0199E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Donnelly, Idaho -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Caldwell Industrial Airport, ID (KEUL)
Destination airport:Donnelly, ID (NONE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot said that he had landed at the site several times before, but that much construction work had been done since his last visit. He said that as he descended to his landing zone, the main rotor downwash from his helicopter created "brown-out" visibility conditions. He floated past his landing spot and the helicopter's main rotor struck a tree. The pilot said that pieces of the main blades subsequently damaged the vertical and horizontal stabilizer, and the tail rotor was damaged.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance of a tree during a landing attempt due to loss of visibility from a self induced brown-out condition. Contributing factors were the pilot's failure to identify a hazardous landing site, and the tree.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 Nov 2006 N500FU Private 1 Jensen, UT sub
Wire strike.


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09-Oct-2022 17:01 ASN Update Bot Added

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