Saturday, February 13, 2016

Bell 47G-3B-1, N1181W: Accident occurred February 13, 2016 at Carson Airport (KCXP), Carson City, Nevada

http://registry.faa.gov/N1181W

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA069
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Carson City, NV
Aircraft: BELL 47G 3B 1, registration: N1181W
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 13, 2016, about 1500 Pacific standard time, a Bell 47G-3B-1 helicopter, N1181W, sustained substantial damage while attempting to land at the Carson Airport, Carson City, Nevada. The private pilot and the pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot as a local flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Carson Airport about 1315.

In a written statement, the pilot reported that he had accomplished three previous take off and landings, and the helicopter was operating normally. On the fourth landing attempt, as he was transitioning to a hover, he noticed that the rotor RPM was slightly low. He attempted to raise the RPM by adding power, but did not get a response, and the helicopter settled onto the taxiway. He then pulled up on the collective to come back into a hover, but the rotor RPM was still low. He continued to try and raise the rotor RPM, but the helicopter started to yaw and drift to the right, and the right hand skid touched the ground off of the right side of the taxiway, initiating a dynamic rollover. The helicopter rolled onto its right side and came to rest in the dirt on the side of the taxiway.

The pilot stated that he was new to this helicopter, and it was likely that he allowed the rotor RPM to decay to a point that he was unable to recover. He stated that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA069
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Carson City, NV
Aircraft: BELL 47G 3B 1, registration: N1181W
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 13, 2016, about 1500 Pacific standard time, a Bell 47G-3B-1 helicopter, N1181W, sustained substantial damage while attempting to land at the Carson Airport, Carson City, Nevada. The certified private pilot and the pilot rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot as a local flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Carson Airport about 1315.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot stated that he had accomplished three previous take off and landings, and everything with the helicopter seemed normal. On the fourth landing attempt, as he was slowing to a hover, he noticed that the rotor RPM was slightly low. He attempted to raise the RPM by adding power, but did not get a response, and the helicopter started to yaw and drift to the right. He continued to attempt raising the RPM, but the right hand skid touched the ground off of the right side of the taxi way, and the helicopter rolled over. 

A detailed examination of the helicopter and components is pending.




The Carson City Airport was temporarily closed Saturday following a helicopter crash that left two injured.


At 1:51 p.m., a small helicopter crashed along the north east taxiway at the airport. Two people sustained minor injuries, and both were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center.


The airport was briefly shut down for about a half hour, but is now open.


No information was given on what caused the crash.


Source:   http://www.newsshine.com




CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says two people were injured when a small helicopter crashed along the north taxiway at the Carson airport on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.

Furlong says it happened about 1:51PM when the helicopter's engine apparently failed during takeoff.


Both people were transported to Renown with minor injuries. The airport was temporarily shutdown for about an hour.


Furlong says the FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.


Source:  http://www.kolotv.com





CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — UPDATE 2:36 p.m.

Carson City Sheriff Furlong reports that a two-seater helicopter was doing 'touch and goes' along the taxiway when the engine failed.

According to Furlong, both people on board had very minor injuries but were transported to Renown to make sure. Furlong says the helicopter is destroyed.

Carson City officials report that around 1:51 p.m. on Saturday, a small helicopter crashed at the airport.

A report says that the crash happened along the north taxiway of the airport .

Two minor injuries were sustained and those injured were both transported to Renown, according to authorities.

Officials say the airport was shut down briefly, but is open now.






The Carson City Airport was temporarily closed Saturday following a helicopter crash that left two injured.  At 1:51 p.m., a small helicopter crashed along the north east taxiway at the airport. Two people sustained minor injuries, and both were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center.  The airport was briefly shut down for about a half hour, but is now open.  No information was given on what caused the crash.

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