Mid-air collision Incident Bell 206B-3 JetRanger N2282T, 13 Feb 1991
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35094
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger
Owner/operator:Airwolf Inc
Registration: N2282T
MSN: 3634
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, California -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, California (SZP/KSZP)
Destination airport:Santa Monica, California (SMO/KSMO)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On February 19, 1991, a Bell 206B-3 Jet Ranger helicopter (N2282T) and a light aircraft (Pitts S-2A, N31512) collided in mid-air during their initial take-off climb from an uncontrolled airport at Santa Paula, California. Of the three persons on board the Bell 206B, two (the pilot and one passenger) were seriously injured, and the other passenger was slightly injured. Both persons on board the Pitts S-2A were killed. The actor Kirk Douglas was a passenger on the helicopter, who was slightly injured.

The collision occurred as the Pitts S-2A was taking off from Runway 22 and the Bell Jet Ranger helicopter was departing from an adjacent helipad near the midpoint of the runway. The helicopter pilot said that after lift-off, he brought the helicopter to a hover and hover taxied it to the runway. He said he visually checked the runway, and after about 10 seconds, he began his departure.

Subsequently, the Jet Ranger's flight path merged with the flight path of the Pitts S-2A over the runway. Forward visibility from the tail wheel equipped aircraft would have been restricted while its tail wheel was on the ground. Aircraft tie-downs were located between the approach end of Runway 22 and the helipad; aircraft parked in this tie-down area would have restricted the view between the approach end of the runway and the helipad.

The NTSB determined the probable cause to be: Inadequate visual lookout by the helicopter pilot, which resulted in his failure to see-and-avoid the Pitts S-2A. A factor related to the accident was: the S-2A pilot's restricted visibility from the tailwheel equipped aircraft, once it was in position on the runway for take-off


1. NTSB Identification: LAX91FA098A at http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001212X16458&key=1&queryId=401d56d4-1254-41b3-bd18-f8189705b17e&pgno=3&pgsize=100
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=2282T
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=9494
4. http://airwolf.wikia.com/wiki/Bell_206_JetRanger
5. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/ca/N2282T/
6. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1991-02-14-mn-1684-story.html

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
17-Apr-2016 19:14 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Feb-2020 18:30 ABN397 Updated [Source, Narrative]

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