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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30968
Last updated: 4 September 2019
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Time:10:15 PDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell UH-1H
Owner/operator:Reynold Aviation
Registration: N98NW
C/n / msn: 4529
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hope, Idaho -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he had dropped off a load of chokers and was maneuvering to hook up to a load of logs when the engine began to make 'a weird squealing noise, followed by a constant series of compressor stalls, occurring about twice per second.' The airplane then lost all engine power, and the pilot performed a forced landing in a clearing. Post Crash Examination revealed that the No. 1 bearing (P/N:1-300-015-04; S/N:127AC) was heavily damaged. From observations of damage
on the bearing raceways and the inner ring split faces, evidence indicated that both thrust and non-thrust sides of the inner ring had been misaligned, based upon ball path indications. Military records for the engine included an Unserviceable Tag. No evidence was found of specifics related to that failure code, nor was evidence found recording related corrective maintenance action

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

Failure of a misaligned main bearing in the engine. Factors include returning a previously unairworthy-tagged engine to service by the operator's maintenance personnel without sufficient information to identify and correct an unknown engine deficiency.

The wreckage was released to the owner's representative, on February 5, 1999. The wreckage remained in storage at Northwest Helicopters' facility in Olympia, Washington.


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
31-Oct-2011 23:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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