Saturday, February 13, 2016

Enstrom TH-180, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, N180TH: Accident occurred February 12, 2016 near Menominee-Marinette Twin County Airport (KMNM), Menominee, Upper Peninsula, Michigan

ENSTROM HELICOPTER CORP: http://registry.faa.gov/N180TH

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA105 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, February 12, 2016 in Menominee, MI
Aircraft: ENSTROM TH-180, registration: N180TH
Injuries: 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 12, 2016, about 1123 central standard time, an Enstrom TH-180 helicopter, N180TH, was substantially damaged after it impacted obstructions and terrain during an off-airport emergency landing near Menominee-Marinette Twin County Airport (MNM), Menominee, Michigan. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 test flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed and a flight plan had not been filed. The helicopter had departed MNM, about 1057 for a local flight.

The helicopter was on a right base to land on runway 32 when the pilot felt a "jolt" in the airframe and noticed a sudden reduction in rotor rpm, although the engine continued to run. The pilot entered an autorotation and touched down on a city street in a residential neighborhood. During touchdown the main rotor blades struck an electric utility pole as the helicopter slid about 300 feet down the street and came to rest upright. The impacts resulted in the collapse of the skid landing gear and substantial damage to the tail cone, the pylon center section, and the lower section of the cockpit structure. Adequate fuel was found onboard, but there was no fuel spill, and no postimpact fire.

At 1115 the automated surface observation system at MNM, reported wind from 330 degrees at 13 knots with gusts to 24 knots, visibility 10 miles, broken clouds at 4,300 feet, temperature minus 10 degrees Celsius (C), dew point minus 19 degrees C, with an altimeter setting of 30.06 inches of mercury.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Grand Rapids FSDO-09




Menominee — An experimental helicopter had to make an emergency landing in a residential area of Menominee on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The pilot was flying alone and walked away without serious injury after the Friday morning crash. No one on the ground was hurt, and there was no major damage to property.

Police say the helicopter lost power and struck tree tops and a power pole before making a hard landing on the street.

The Eagle Herald reports the helicopter is owned by nearby Enstrom Helicopter Corp.

Enstrom president and CEO Tracy Biegler says the pilot did a good job landing the copter.

The pilot was taken to a hospital for evaluation. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.


Source: http://www.detroitnews.com




MENOMINEE, MI -- A pilot walked away without serious injuries after a helicopter made an emergency landing in a neighborhood in the Upper Peninsula, according to the company that manufactured the aircraft.

The crash occurred shortly before noon Friday, Feb. 12, on 18th Street in Menominee.

A photo from the scene shared on Facebook by the City of Menominee shows the helicopter landed in the road, with the tail rotor in a yard.

The aircraft is an experimental model TH-180 from the Menominee-based Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, the company said in a release Friday afternoon.

Enstrom personnel responded to the scene to assist in clearing the crash and begin an investigation.

The company said there were no injuries and the pilot walked away. WLUK Fox 11 reported the pilot suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Enstrom has not said what prompted the emergency landing.

Police are asking residents to avoid the area from 13th to 16th avenues and from 17th to 19th streets.


Source:  http://www.mlive.com 





 MENOMINEE, MI -- A pilot walked away without serious injuries after a helicopter made an emergency landing in a neighborhood in the Upper Peninsula, according to the company that manufactured the aircraft.

The crash occurred shortly before noon Friday, Feb. 12, on 18th Street in Menominee.

A photo from the scene shared on Facebook by the City of Menominee shows the helicopter landed in the road, with the tail rotor in a yard.

The aircraft is an experimental model TH-180 from the Menominee-based Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, the company said in a release Friday afternoon.

Enstrom personnel responded to the scene to assist in clearing the crash and begin an investigation.

The company said there were no injuries and the pilot walked away. WLUK Fox 11 reported the pilot suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Enstrom has not said what prompted the emergency landing.

Police are asking residents to avoid the area from 13th to 16th avenues and from 17th to 19th streets.

Source:  http://www.mlive.com



MENOMINEE, Mich. — A helicopter crashed into a Menominee, Michigan neighborhood Friday morning.

Menominee police say the crash happened just before 11:20 a.m. According to investigators, the helicopter was headed north when it lost power and came down, hitting tree tops and a power pole. It landed on 18th Street and ended up on 15th Avenue.

The helicopter belongs to Menominee-based Enstrom Helicopter. The company released this statement:

"Enstrom's experimental helicopter model, the TH-180, experienced an emergency hard-landing in Menominee shortly before Noon on Friday, February 12. There were no injuries or casualties and the pilot walked away from the helicopter. Enstrom personnel were on-site shortly after the incident to assist with the clearing of the helicopter to begin an investigation of the incident."

The pilot sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police say.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Michigan State Police have been called in to help investigate.

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