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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 42694
Last updated: 24 August 2021
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Date:23-APR-1993
Time:14:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III
Owner/operator:Pielet Training Enterprises Inc
Registration: N2205X
MSN: 3529
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Austin, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Marble Falls, Texas (4R2)
Destination airport:near Austin, Texas
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On April 23, 1993, at approximately 14:47 CDT (Central Daylight Time), near Austin, Texas, a Bell 206B III helicopter, N2205X, was destroyed during an uncontrolled descent when it impacted trees and terrain. The helicopter rated private pilot who was also the owner and operator of the helicopter sustained fatal injuries. The non helicopter commercial pilot rated passenger also received fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight.

Whilst manoeuvering, the helicopter was seen to descend to within a few feet of the ground. It then began spinning and climbed to a height of about 400 feet before losing height again. The helicopter appeared to enter a spinning uncontrolled descent which continued until impact with the ground. Witnesses described the winds as from the south variable to the southeast with gusts estimated in excess of 30 knots. Witnesses further reported that the pilot had not flown the type of helicopter in approximately three years. The second pilot was rated only in fixed wing aircraft.

The NTSB determined the probable cause to be: Helicopter control was not maintained by the pilot. Factors were unfavorable winds and the pilot's lack of recent experience.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: FTW93FA137 at http://www.ntsb.gov/about/employment/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20001211X12129&ntsbno=FTW93FA137&akey=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=2205X
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=9430
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/tx/N2205X/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
16-Apr-2016 23:35 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Narrative]
28-Aug-2016 14:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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