[ Non-Fatal ] [ 02/22/2017 ] HUGHES 369A,
On February 22, 2017, about 1325 local time, a McDonnell-Douglas MD-369A helicopter, N805LA, was substantially damaged during an autorotation to the Pacific Ocean in international waters near Guam. The commercial pilot and the aerial observer were both seriously injured. The aerial observation flight was conducted during daylight visual meteorological conditions.
According to a written report sent to the NTSB by a representative of Hansen Helicopters, the flight was a fish-spotting mission that was operating from a Japanese fishing boat. The report stated that the helicopter had been airborne about 30 minutes, cruising at 1,000 above the ocean, when the pilot noticed that a "Generator Light" was illuminated. It then stated that the pilot applied friction to the collective control in order to free one hand to reset the generator switch, when the pilot "felt the helicopter drop suddenly." The pilot noticed that the main rotor RPM was "at the bottom of the green" arc on the cockpit indication. He attempted an autorotation but the helicopter struck the water in what the Hansen representative termed a "hard landing." The main rotor blades severed the tail boom, but the helicopter remained upright and floating on its pontoons.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration and airworthiness documentation indicated that the helicopter was manufactured in 1969 as a Hughes Helicopter military aircraft, and was powered by a Rolls-Royce (Allison) C250 series turboshaft engine. At the time of the accident it was owned by Jim's Air Repair, which is based in the country of Vanautu.
The pilot was a US citizen who held FAA Commercial and Flight Instructor certificates. The filed report indicated that he had about 2,936 total hours of flight experience, all of which were in helicopters, and 1,350 of which were in the accident helicopter make and model. His most recent flight review was completed in July 2015, and his most recent FAA second class medical certificate was issued in January 2016. The observer was reported to be a Japanese citizen, with no piloting experience.
The report filed by Hansen Helicopter stated that it had been completed by the pilot, and that Jim's Air Repair was the operator of the helicopter. When asked by the NTSB why Hansen Helicopter filed the report for a helicopter owned and operated by another entity, a Hansen representative stated that two organizations were "affiliated companies," but did not provide any additional details. About 13 days after the accident, the NTSB was advised via a third party that both the pilot and the observer had been hospitalized since the accident, as a result of the accident. The NTSB was further advised by this third party that the observer had already been transferred to Japan, and that the pilot was scheduled to be transported via medevac to the Philippines for surgery. This contrasted with the report filed by Hansen Helicopter, which indicated that the two persons on board sustained minor injuries.
The wreckage was subsequently determined to be in the possession of Hansen Helicopters at their facility on Guam. They were instructed to retain the wreckage and maintenance records for examination.
|Category ||Data ||Category ||Data ||Category ||Data |
|Event Id: ||20170308X31846 ||Investigation Type: ||Accident ||Accident Number: ||WPR17FA075 |
|Event Date: ||02/22/2017 ||Location: || ||Country: ||United States |
|Latitude: ||-1.148611 ||Longitude: ||-146.758333 ||Airport Code: || |
|Airport Name: ||N/A ||Injury Severity: ||Non-Fatal ||Aircraft Damage: ||Substantial |
|Aircraft Category: ||Helicopter ||Registration Number: ||N805LA ||Make: ||HUGHES |
|Model: ||369A ||Amateur Built: ||No ||Number of Engines: ||1 |
|Engine Type: ||Turbo Shaft ||FAR Description: ||Part 91: General Aviation ||Schedule: || |
|Purpose of Flight: ||Aerial Observation ||Air Carrier: || ||Total Fatal Injuries: || |
|Total Serious Injuries: ||2 ||Total Minor Injuries: || ||Total Uninjured: || |
|Weather Condition: ||VMC ||Broad Phase of Flight: || ||Report Status: ||Preliminary |
|Publication Date: ||03/15/2017 || |
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