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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 73383
Last updated: 15 September 2020
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Date:06-MAR-2010
Time:12:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD 500E (369E)
Owner/operator:Aurora Aviation Services Inc
Registration: N26TC
C/n / msn: 0489E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Near Delta Junction, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Healy, AK
Destination airport:Delta Junction, AK (AK09)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot reported that he was in cruise flight when he heard a “pop” and the engine lost all power. He initiated an autorotation to a clearing, but was unable to reach it and had to land in an area with trees. The helicopter struck treetops during the descent and landed hard, sustaining structural damage. A postaccident inspection, including running the engine in a test cell, disclosed ample uncontaminated fuel, and no evidence of any preimpact mechanical problems with the helicopter’s engine or systems.
Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power in flight for undetermined reasons.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20100308X72409&key=1


Images:


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Mar-2010 00:15 RobertMB Added
08-Mar-2010 01:58 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
07-Jan-2011 14:58 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 15:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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