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Federal Aviation Administration Monthly Accident and Incident Data for the Month of September 2013


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CEN13TA535 – FACTUAL ACCIDENT OCCURRED SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 07, 2013 IN AMISTAD, NM AIRCRAFT: BELL 206L-3, REGISTRATION: N721LL INJURIES: 2 MINOR


On September 7, 2013, about 1530 mountain daylight time, a Bell Helicopter 206L-3, N721LL, impacted terrain after the pilot maneuvered to avoid birds during cruise flight near Amistad, New Mexico. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the State of Illinois under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a public use flight. Visual meteorological condi- tions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Dalhart Municipal Airport (DHT), Dalhart, Texas, about 1500. The intended destination was the Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ), Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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WPR13FA411 - PRELIMINARY INJURIES: 1 FATAL


On September 16, 2013, about 1535 Pacific daylight time, a Bell UH-1B, N204UH, impacted terrain about 3 miles east of Detroit, Oregon.


was the sole occupant on-board, was fatally injured.


The helicopter sustained


substantial damage to the tail boom, main rotor system, and fuselage. The helicop- ter was registered to a private company, and operated by a commercial operator under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a logging flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated at an unknown time.


Witnesses reported that their atten- tion was drawn to the helicopter when they heard the logs it was carrying hit the ground hard. They looked up at the heli- copter and saw that it was above the tree line, falling in two separate pieces. They heard the main rotor blades strike the


trees before the helicopter impacted the ground below.


The helicopter has been removed to a secure location for further examination.


The pilot, who


ERA13LA421 - PRELIMINARY INJURIES: 4 MINOR


On September 19, 2013, about 2127 central daylight time, a Eurocopter AS350B2 emergency medical service (EMS) – configured helicopter, N810LE, experienced a hard landing in a field fol- lowing a total loss of engine power near Canton, Mississippi. The airline transport pilot, two crew members, and a passen- ger incurred minor injuries. The helicopter was owned and operated by a commer- cial operator under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an on-demand EMS flight. The intent of the flight was a patient transfer. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on a company visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from a hospital helipad in


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