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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206122
Last updated: 20 August 2019
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Time:15:53 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369D
Owner/operator:Helicopter Wildlife Services
Registration: N338HW
C/n / msn: 890559D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Currant Creek, Wasatch County, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The helicopter pilot reported that he was maneuvering at a low altitude in an attempt to net an elk. When the helicopter was approximately above the elk, his attention was immediately focused forward due to a small rise in terrain. He pitched the helicopter’s nose up, and the helicopter started to shake and spin. Subsequently, the helicopter struck the ground, the right skid broke, and the helicopter came to rest on its right side.
Postaccident examination revealed that the tail rotor had struck the elk when the pilot pitched the helicopter’s nose up.
The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom and rotor.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from an elk while maneuvering at a low altitude.



Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

13-Feb-2018 10:48 gerard57 Added
13-Feb-2018 16:10 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
14-Feb-2018 13:07 Anon. Updated [Location]
16-Feb-2018 13:39 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
16-Feb-2018 14:21 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Nature, Embed code]
16-May-2018 15:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-May-2018 18:41 harro Updated [Nature, Embed code, Narrative, Photo, ]
03-Jun-2018 09:23 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Source]

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