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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30983
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Time:23:00 PDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell OH-58A Kiowa
Owner/operator:San Joaquin Helicopters
Registration: N176SJ
MSN: 41107
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Huron, California -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Huron, California
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On April 8, 1998, at 2300 hours Pacific daylight time, a Bell OH-58A, N176SJ, experienced a loss of power after takeoff while maneuvering to spray a field near Huron, California. The helicopter, operated by San Joaquin Helicopters under 14 CFR Part 137 for aerial application, sustained substantial damage. The commercial pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions existed for the night flight which was originating at the time of the accident. No flight plan was filed.

The pilot reported that he had just loaded 100 gallons of water onboard the helicopter to rinse a cabbage field. He had taken off and was making a left climbing turn to begin spraying the field when the fuel boost pump warning light flickered on and then off, with a corresponding surge in the engine. He stated that he continued the takeoff and was approximately 20 feet above ground level (agl) when he lost all engine power. At this point all the warning lights illuminated. The pilot stated that the helicopter struck the ground, 180 degrees from the direction of flight, and the main rotor sliced through the tail boom.

The Helicopter was ex-US Army Aviation s/n 70-15556 (and this is the number quoted on the FAA registration document as the c/no). Initially to US Civil register as N586MP; to N176SJ on 15 July 1996


1. NTSB Identification: LAX98LA134 at
2. FAA:

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Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
07-Apr-2015 22:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
20-Dec-2018 13:41 liamdaniel98 Updated [Date]

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