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Federal Aviation Administration Monthly Accident & Incident Data for the Month of May 2015

Preliminary Injuries: 2 Serious

On May 6, 2015, at 1410 central daylight time, an Entrom F-28F, N8011Q,


trees while maneuvering over a field about 5 nautical miles southwest of the Denton Municipal Airport (DTO), Denton, Texas. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The student pilot and flight instructor injuries.

sustained serious The helicopter

was registered to a private corporation and operated by a commercial operator under Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed the time of the accident. The local flight originated from DTO at 1348.

Preliminary Injuries: Unavailable

On May 13, 2015, about 1845 central daylight time, a Robinson

Helicopter R-44, N165RV, experienced

On May 20, 2015, about 1030 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206L-3, N210MH, registered to a private corporation and operated by a commercial operator, was substantially damaged during a hard landing, following a loss of control in a hover at Helo Kearny Heliport (65NJ), Kearny, New Jersey. The commercial private pilot was not injured. The positioning flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no

a loss of engine power during low-level


applications near Columbia, Illinois. The helicopter was substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a flight plan was not filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

Preliminary Injuries: 1 Uninjured

flight plan was filed for the planned flight to Downtown Manhattan/Wall Street Heliport (JRB), New York, New York.

The pilot reported that he fueled the helicopter at 65NJ and planned to position it to JRB. He entered a 20-foot hover prior to departure, in order to contact air traffic control (ATC) for clearance into the overlying airspace. Before he could radio ATC, the helicopter started to yaw to the right. The pilot attempted to correct the yaw with left pedal input; however, the helicopter spun three revolutions to the right. The pilot decreased throttle and increased

collective, before

the helicopter landed hard on the helipad while still yawing to the right. During the hard landing, the tail rotor contacted the ground and the main rotor contact the tail boom.

Subsequent examination of the helicopter by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that a section of

The separated section of tail rotor driveshaft was retained for further examination.



rotor driveshaft had

separated. The inspector also noted damage to the tail boom, tail rotor blades, left vertical fin, and vertical stabilizer.

Review of maintenance records revealed that the operator had recently leased the helicopter. Prior to that, it had experienced a hard landing in Chile. On April 28, 2015, a hard landing inspection was completed on the helicopter, followed by an annual inspection on April 30, 2015. The helicopter had been operated for about 16 hours from the time of those inspections, until the time of the accident.


s Note: Although an accident is painful for all involved, a cursory review of accidents that have occured are both reflective and

instructive. Accident reports give us unique insights into specific flights and situations that may make each of us reflect on our own operations or current flying environment. I encourage pilots, mechanics, crew members, and decision-makers to make it a habit to study the industry’ trigger higher awareness that saves even one life or one airframe, it will have been well worth the read.

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