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ROTORCRAFT ACCIDENT WATCH


mercial­rated pilot was fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed Malwee Jaragua do Sul Airport (SSJS), Santa Catarina, Brazil en­ route to a heliport (SNDY) in the vicinity of Fazenda Coqueiros.


WPR12LA065 - PRELIMINARY INJURIES: 5 MINOR.


On December 13, 2011, about 1620 mountain standard time, a Bell 407, N8067Z, was maneuvering at a low alti­ tude and airspeed near the residence of some of the passengers when it descend­ ed into an open field about 12 miles west­ northwest of the Rock Springs­ Sweetwater County Airport, Rock Springs, Wyoming. The helicopter impacted the ground hard and was substantially dam­ aged. The helicopter’s landing gear skids and lower cabin structure were deformed, and the tail boom was severed. A compa­ ny in South Jordan, Utah owned and oper­ ated the helicopter. The pilot and four passengers sustained minor injuries. The flight was performed under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions pre­ vailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight began from Rock Springs about 1600.


The passengers reported that the pilot, who was an employee of the aircraft oper­ ator, immediately departed the scene. The pilot has not reported the accident to the National Transportation Safety Board. The operator’s management personnel reported that the pilot was not authorized to fly the helicopter, and he was employed as their Rock Springs helicopter mechanic. Law enforcement authorities reported they apprehended the pilot in another state. Federal Aviation Administration personnel reported that the pilot was issued a student pilot certifi­ cate in 1988, and they have no record of him holding any additional pilot certifi­ cate. He does hold a mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings and inspection authorization.


FEBRUARY 2012


An acquaintance of the accident pilot reported that he observed the pilot flying N8067Z on several previous occasions for personal reasons. Passengers were car­ ried during these “joy rides.”


WPR12FA066 - PRELIMINARY INJURIES: 1 SERIOUS.


On December 14, 2011, about 0933 mountain standard time, a Robinson R22 Beta, N4052G, operating using call sign “Velocity One,” experienced a loss of engine power while maneuvering about 1.5 miles southwest of Tucson International Airport (TUS), Tucson, Arizona. The commercial pilot entered an autorotative descent that terminated in a hard touchdown. The pilot was seriously


A participant in the test of a ground­ based system reported to the National Transportation Safety Board investigator that he was in radio contact with the pilot during the flight. Following prescribed procedures, the pilot was tasked to per­ form a series of specific maneuvers. Seconds prior to the crash, the pilot was directed to descend to within several hun­ dred feet above ground level. While per­ forming this maneuver, the pilot broad­ cast the following statement to the local air traffic controller at TUS: “Engine fail­ ure, Velocity one engine failure.” There were no further communications from the pilot.


A few minutes later, the helicopter wreckage was found in an open field on company property. The helicopter was resting on its right side. The helicopter’s bubble and skids were broken, the belly was crushed upward, the main rotor blades were bent, and the tail boom was severed. There was no fire.


The helicopter has been recovered from the accident site. Federal Aviation Administration personnel examined the helicopter on scene. Follow­up examina­ tions of its engine and structure are pend­ ing.


ERA12MA122 - PRELIMINARY INJURIES: 3 FATAL.


injured, and the helicopter was substan­ tially damaged. A corporation in Tucson, Arizona, operated the helicopter in fur­ therance of its business and employed the pilot. The flight was performed under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from TUS about 0841.


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On December 26, 2011, at 0554 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206B, N5016M, oper­ ated by a commercial operator in Florida, collided with terrain while maneuvering near Green Cove Springs, Florida. The cer­ tificated airline transport pilot and 2 pas­ sengers (a doctor and a medical techni­ cian) were fatally injured. The on­demand air taxi flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the planned flight to Shands Cair Heliport (63FL), Gainesville, Florida. The flight originated from Mayo Clinic Heliport (6FL1), Jacksonville, Florida, about 0537. According to representatives of the


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