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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 80477
Last updated: 14 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger
Owner/operator:Aviation Technology Services Llc
Registration: N8533F
MSN: 254
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:North of Meeker, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Grand Junction, CO (GJT)
Destination airport:Meeker, CO (EEO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The helicopter pilot was conducting a low-altitude pipeline patrol in a valley in a remote mountainous area. Two witnesses observed the helicopter flying toward them at a low altitude when the helicopter struck the wires of a three-phase electrical distribution line that was suspended 95 feet above the valley. The main rotor system separated from the helicopter in flight and came to rest about 200 feet from the main wreckage. The pilot stated that he never saw the wires, but that as he felt the impact, he knew immediately that he had struck wires. The on-scene investigation found no preimpact anomalies.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from electrical power lines during the low-altitude flight.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

04-Nov-2010 04:14 gerard57 Added
04-Nov-2010 17:30 DColclasure Updated [Other fatalities, Location]
05-Nov-2010 05:53 bizjets101 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
05-Nov-2010 05:55 cmlynn Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
26-Nov-2010 04:59 rvargast17 Updated [Time, Location, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 18:38 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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