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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30396
Last updated: 10 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell OH-58A Kiowa
Owner/operator:Northstar Helicopters Inc.
Registration: N523SP
MSN: 72-214415
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Ratcliff, Houston County, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Jasper, TX (NONE)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The helicopter contacted a tree during an aerial application flight. According to the pilot he was turning from the south toward the east when he became distracted due to the 'sun, and making an input into the GPS receiver.' Subsequently, the tailrotor blades contacted a tree, the helicopter impacted the ground, and the tailboom separated.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the tree while maneuvering during an aerial application flight. Factors were the sunglare, and the pilot's diverted attention while adjusting the GPS receiver.


FAA register: 2. FAA:

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-Apr-2015 15:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
12-Apr-2015 15:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]
14-Dec-2017 09:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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