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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 33305
Last updated: 16 August 2021
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Time:09:30 PDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III
Owner/operator:Sundance Helicopters
Registration: N946L
MSN: 51078
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mountain Ridge, 8 miles W of Pioche, Nevada, at 9,200 feet amsl -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Caliente, Navada
Destination airport:Pioche, Nevada
Investigating agency: NTSB
On November 3, 1998, at 0930 hours Pacific standard time, a Bell 206L-3, N946L, impacted the ground and rolled over on a mountain peak approximately 8 miles west of Pioche, Nevada. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The commercial pilot received minor injuries and the two passengers were not injured. The helicopter was operated by Sundance Helicopters of Las Vegas, Nevada, under 14 CFR Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The flight was contracted by Cubic Defense Systems of San Diego, California, who holds a government work contract with the United States Air Force for range instrumentation installation and maintenance. The flight originated at 0900 at Caliente, Nevada, and was to transport the crew to work on electrical equipment on the mountain peak. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a VFR company flight plan was filed.

The pilot reported that he was approaching a ridge above a dirt road, which was oriented to the southwest approximately 9,300 feet msl. He stated that the ridge was very narrow, with sharp drop offs on either side. He also stated that the winds were calm. The pilot reported that about 25 feet agl, he ran out of left pedal and the helicopter began an uncommanded right turn. He decreased power in an attempt to stop the turn and to regain airspeed. The pilot reported that he was unable to regain directional control before the aircraft had turned approximately 180 degrees. He then increased power, which increased his rate of turn, and attempted to gain altitude in order to remain on the ridge. At that time, the pilot reduced the throttle, entered an autorotation, and crashed on the top of the ridge. The aircraft impacted the ground in a level attitude and rolled onto its left side. The pilot stated that the helicopter had completed approximately three 360-degree right turns before impacting the ground.


1. NTSB Identification: LAX99LA022 at
2. FAA:

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Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
08-Apr-2015 23:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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