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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211127
Last updated: 9 May 2019
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Time:08:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 130T2
Owner/operator:Richardson Aviation
Registration: N22TZ
C/n / msn: 8016
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:La Paloma, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Riviera, TX
Destination airport:Riviera, TX
According to the pilot in the public helicopter, he was conducting a wildlife antipredation flight and maneuvering at a low altitude with two net gunners located on the left and right in the aft cabin. The pilot reported that he entered a left bank to pursue a deer. The deer was located “between our 8 and 9 o’clock position, and the net gunner made the net shot at the deer.” The pilot observed the net miss the deer and simultaneously heard an unusual “whooshing noise” coming from the helicopter. He made a precautionary landing, and during the shutdown, he noticed what he described as an unusual discoloration of the main rotor disc.
Examination of the main rotor blades revealed that one of the blades had a large hole in it, about 5 ft from the blade tip. The net that was fired at the deer was recovered and was found to be missing one of the weights that are normally attached to the net’s corners.
The helicopter sustained substantial damage to a main rotor blade.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The separation of a weight from the gunner’s net, which struck the helicopter’s main rotor blade during flight.



Revision history:

16-May-2018 15:39 ASN Update Bot Added
20-May-2018 16:32 Aerossurance Updated
03-Jun-2018 09:23 Aerossurance Updated

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