Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bell 206B JetRanger, Helidon Inc., N206R: Accident occurred February 06, 2016 at Linden Airport (KLDJ), Union County, New Jersey

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NTSB Identification: ERA16LA104
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 06, 2016 in Linden, NJ
Aircraft: BELL 206, registration: N206R
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 6, 2016, at 1239 eastern standard time, a Bell 206B, N206R, was substantially damaged after it rolled over during takeoff from a parking dolly at Linden Airport (LDJ), Linden, New Jersey. The private pilot was seriously injured and the flight instructor was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which was originating at the time of the accident. The helicopter was owned and operated by the private pilot. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, the purpose of the flight was to give the private pilot transition training in the helicopter. They performed a preflight inspection, flight control check, and hydraulic check prior to lift off with no anomalies noted. The pilot receiving instruction was at the controls of the helicopter during the initial takeoff to a hover, then, when the helicopter became "light on the skids," it started to roll to the left. The helicopter continued to roll to the left, impacted the ground, and came to rest on the right side. During the initial takeoff, since the helicopter was about to move to the left, the flight instructor was looking to the left in order to verify the area was clear of obstructions. In addition, he stated that he'd "never felt anything that quick."

A security video recording was obtained from the airport that captured the accident sequence. In the video, the helicopter was started up on the dolly, then the helicopter began to rotate to the right on the dolly, and then it immediately rolled to the left. The helicopter impacted the ground on the left side, bounced, and then came to rest on the right side.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration records, the helicopter was purchased by the pilot receiving instruction on January 5, 2016. According to the helicopter's maintenance records, the most recent annual inspection was performed on July 1, 2015. In addition, a 3,000-hour maintenance inspection was performed on the helicopter on December 21, 2015.

According to the pilot/owner, he held a private pilot certificate with a rating for helicopters. In addition, his most recent third-class medial was issued on January 4, 2016. Furthermore, he reported 625 hours of total helicopter flight time, of which, 5 hours were in the same make and model as the accident helicopter.

According to the flight instructor, he held an airline transport pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multiengine land, and rotorcraft-helicopter. He held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine sea and a private pilot certificate with a rating for gliders. In addition, he held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single and multiengine, rotorcraft-helicopter, and instrument airplane and helicopter. His most recent second-class medical certificate was issued on July 22, 2015. In addition, he reported 25,000 hours of total flight time, of which, 2,760 hours were in the same make and model as the accident helicopter, and 1,020 hours were as an instructor in the same make and model as the accident helicopter.


A postaccident examination of the dolly revealed that there were no scrapes or score marks on the diamond steel platform on the dolly. An examination of the helicopter revealed that the fuselage, main rotor blades, tail rotor blades, and tailboom were substantially damaged during the accident sequence. Furthermore, there were no anomalies with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation prior to the accident. In addition, the pilot/owner had a mechanic examine the helicopter and there were no preexisting malfunctions or anomalies noted with the helicopter.

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA104
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 06, 2016 in Linden, NJ
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N206R
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 6, 2016, at 1239 eastern standard time, a Bell 206B, N206R, was substantially damaged after it rolled over during takeoff from a parking dolly at Linden Airport (LDJ), Linden, New Jersey. The private pilot was seriously injured and the flight instructor was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which was originating at the time of the accident. The helicopter was owned and operated by the pilot receiving instruction. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, the purpose of the flight was to give the pilot receiving instruction transition training in the helicopter. They performed a preflight inspection, flight control check, and hydraulic check prior to lift off with no anomalies noted. The pilot receiving instruction was at the controls of the helicopter during the initial takeoff to a hover, then, when the helicopter became "light on the skids," it started to roll to the left. The helicopter impacted the ground and came to rest on the right side. 

A security video recording was obtained from the airport that captured the accident sequence. In the video, the helicopter was started up on the dolly, then the helicopter began to rotate to the right on the dolly, and then it immediately rolled to the left. The helicopter impacted the ground on the left side, bounced, and then came to rest on the right side. 

A postaccident examination of the dolly revealed that there were no scrapes or score marks on the diamond steel platform on the dolly. An examination of the helicopter revealed that the fuselage, main rotor blades, tail rotor blades, and tailboom were substantially damaged during the accident sequence.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration records, the helicopter was purchased by the pilot receiving instruction on January 5, 2016. According to the helicopter's maintenance records, the most recent annual inspection was performed on July 1, 2015. In addition, a 3,000 hour maintenance inspection was performed on the helicopter on December 21, 2015. 




LINDEN — A helicopter crashed during a landing at the Linden Airport, injuring at least one person, police said.

Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said a Bell B206 helicopter with two people on board tipped over while conducting practice landings at Linden Airport at about 1 p.m. on Saturday. He said the FAA is investigating.

According to Linden Police Capt. James Sarnicki, at least one person sustained a leg injury in the crash, but he was unsure if it was the pilot or the passenger.

"We were told the helicopter at some point tipped on its side and fell," Sarnicki said.

He said he was unsure how high the helicopter was off the ground before it crashed.

Police are still on the scene, Sarnicki said.

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LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a helicopter crash in northern New Jersey has left one person injured.

The crash occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday at the Linden Airport. Officials say the pilot of the Bell B206 helicopter was making practice landings when it tipped over on its side.

The pilot and another person were on board the helicopter when the crash occurred. Authorities say one person suffered a leg injury, but it wasn't immediately known if the injured person was the pilot or the passenger.

Further details on the victim's injuries were not released. The names of the pilot and the passenger have not been disclosed.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by city police and the Federal Aviation Administration.


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LINDEN, New Jersey (WABC) -- A helicopter that was landing Saturday afternoon crashed onto its side, injuring one person.

At 12:40 p.m., the Linden (N.J.) Police Department responded to the crash at Linden Airport.

"A Bell B206 helicopter tipped over while doing practice landings at Linden Airport at about 1 p.m. today," said a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration, which also is investigating.

There were two people on board. One sustained a leg injury.

Flight instruction is offered at the airport, and Linden Police Captain Sarnicki said practice landings at the airport are common.

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Enrique Zapata heard the frightening sounds of a Bell B206 helicopter crash landing at Linden Airport, Saturday afternoon.

The pilot and a passenger "were trapped upside down. I broke the glass of the window to pull one out, he came through relatively easy the other one was trapped," Zapata exclusively told PIX11.

"I lifted the helicopter enough to pull the leg out.”

The FAA confirmed the plane tipped over during landing and is investigating the cause. One victim's leg was broken in the incident, the other victim was treated for scrapes and bruises, aviation sources said.

Linden Police and Union County haz-mat inspected the helicopter on the runway.

Its tail and rotors were completely totaled.

“Everything broke in a million pieces, it was just amazing. I don’t think he was that high for that kind of damage to happen," Zapata said.

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