Wirestrike Accident McDonnell Douglas MD 500E (369E) N500FU, 21 Nov 2006
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43942
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas MD 500E (369E)
Registration: N500FU
MSN: 0199E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Jensen, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Vernal, UT (VEL)
Destination airport:Jensen, UT
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
After arriving at the search and rescue site the pilot began to descend and slow the aircraft, then in the process of making two 360-degree orbits the helicopter impacted several strands of transmission wires. The aircraft subsequently descended uncontrolled, impacting the ground before sliding down sloping terrain and coming to rest partially submerged in the adjacent river. The pilot stated that he never saw the transmission wires and was not aware that they were in the area. The pilot also related that there were no anomalies with the helicopter prior to the flight. Weather at the time of the accident consisted of calm winds and clear skies.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the transmission wires due to an inadquate visual lookout while maneuvering during a search and rescue flight.


NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20061122X01705&key=1

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

16 Aug 2005 N500FU Heliflite LLC. 0 Donnelly, Idaho sub


Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:29 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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