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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66582
Last updated: 3 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369D
Owner/operator:Utility Helicopters Inc.
Registration: N61735
C/n / msn: 690534D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Forbes State Forest, near Franklin, Pennsylvania -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Franklin, PA
Destination airport:Franklin, PA
Investigating agency: NTSB
The helicopter was proceeding to a nearby landing location with an external load of seismic monitoring equipment. Several individuals on the ground heard the pilot talking on their communication frequency. Most of the communication was inaudible; however, several witnesses heard the pilot say that he was "going into the tree[s]." The helicopter was located in an open area near the edge of a tree line. The wreckage was confined within the immediate crash area, except for the external load; which was located 281 feet away in the wooded area. The helicopter had come to rest upright. The main rotor and tail rotor blades exhibited little damage to the leading edges. Approximately three drops of fuel was located throughout the helicopter's fuel system, and no fuel was located in or around the helicopter. No evidence of precrash mechanical failure of the helicopter structure, flight controls, systems, or engine were found.
Probable Cause: A loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion as a result of the pilot's fuel mismanagement.



Revision history:

23-Jul-2009 07:11 slowkid Added
06-Sep-2014 13:29 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 15:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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