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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30100
Last updated: 13 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III
Owner/operator:Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
Registration: N38903
MSN: 51017
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:ca 6 mi W of Logan, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:LGU
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Following maintenance on the helicopter, the pilot was conducting a test flight. Takeoff was made with the left passenger door unlatched. When this was pointed out to the pilot by radio, he commenced a precautionary approach/landing to close the door. During the approach, the pilot felt and heard a bang followed by a vibration and rattling noise. This subsided and the pilot analyzed a loss of tail rotor control. He conducted a forced landing and the helicopter rolled on its left side during the landing. The main rotor blades and rotor head separated and the main rotor blades and tail rotor struck the tail boom. At the time of the flight, a jacket with red and black stenciled letters on the back was lying on the passenger seat. It was not found following the accident. Examination of the helicopter following the accident revealed a torsional fracture of the number 4 tail rotor drive shaft section and a bend in the number 5 section. Also, the tail rotor blades had red paint transfer, and one had a dent in the leading edge, and was bent near the blade root. Analysis of the paint transfer revealed it did not come from the jacket lettering. Parts of the helicopter were painted red and the red part of the tail boom exhibited paint transfer and slap marks. The tail rotor blades did not exhibit rotational impact damage.
Probable Cause: in-flight collision with a jacket, which blew out of the helicopter because the left passenger door was not properly secured prior to takeoff. A contributing factor was the pilot's failure to ensure the door was properly closed prior to takeoff.


FAA register: 2. FAA:

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

7 Aug 1993 N38903 Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters 0 Tusayan, AZ w/o

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
13-Apr-2015 18:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Nov-2017 09:01 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Damage]
12-Dec-2017 18:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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