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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 31071
Last updated: 24 December 2020
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Time:18:30 PDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 204/UH-1B
Owner/operator:San Joaquin Helicopter
Registration: N888SJ
C/n / msn: 1021
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Heron, California -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Heron, CA
Destination airport:Heron, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot experienced a partial loss of engine power at a low elevation above ground level, while spraying a tomato field. He initiated an autorotative landing, and the helicopter touched down hard in the field.

During the landing sequence, a main rotor blade severed the tail boom. The engine continued operating for between 10 and 12 minutes. Wreckage examination was limited due to extensive fire damage, and the reason for the power loss was not determined.


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
31-Oct-2011 11:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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