Friday, March 25, 2016

Brantly B2B, Skyview AG Imaging LLC, N2266U: Accident occurred March 25, 2016 in Branson, Stone County, Missouri


NTSB Identification: CEN16LA135
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 25, 2016 in Galena, MO
Aircraft: BRANTLY B 2B, registration: N2266U
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 March 25, 2016, at 1730 central daylight time, a Brantly B-2B helicopter, N2266U, collided with trees and terrain following a loss of control in Galena, Missouri. The pilot received serious injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was owned and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from private property in Cape Fair, Missouri, about 1715.

CAPE FAIR, Mo. - We now know the name of the man who piloted the helicopter that crashed Friday evening.

It was former Stone County surveyor John Read. He received critical injuries after the helicopter went down in Southern Stone County about ten miles southeast of Cape Fair.

Firefighters, medical technicians, State Patrol troopers and sheriff's deputies rushed to the scene. The 69-year-old pilot Mr. Read was airlifted to the hospital.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader says Read is an experienced pilot. Radar says he had been a passenger on the man's flights. 

Original article can be found here:

STONE COUNTY, Mo - A man is in critical condition tonight after crashing a helicopter in Stone County. 

The crash took place earlier this evening in a rural area just outside of Reeds Spring.

The Stone County Sheriff's Department says a man flying a helicopter crashed in this wooded area along Y Highway around 5:30 Friday evening.

The crash site is about 300 feet down from the road.

You can see what appears to be marks from the blades of the helicopter striking the trees as it came down through the tree tops.

And from the wreckage you can see it's a two-seater helicopter, but we're told the pilot was flying alone.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader says the pilot's name isn't being released at this time but told us it is a local resident.

Rader said, “Just him alone in the helicopter, right now we're notifying family. He flew a lot around here, he happened to be a good friend of mine. I've actually flown with him."

Again the victim was taken to the hospital in Springfield and is currently in critical condition.

 The FAA is expected to be at the site tomorrow to investigate.


Southern Stone County Fire Protection District is reporting a single helicopter crash three miles down Y Highway in Galena.

Southern Stone County Fire Protection District got the call at 5:40 Friday evening. The helicopter was a two seater and crashed on the 3300 block of Y- Highway.

One is in critical condition and is being taken to the hospital by helicopter.

Law enforcement is on scene attempting to put out a small fire.

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CAPE FAIR, Mo. -  A private helicopter crashed late Friday afternoon and seriously injured the pilot.  The crash was about 5:40 in southern Stone County near Highway Y at Meadowview Road. That's between Branson West on the east and and Cape Fair on the west, and between Missouri 76 on the north and Table Rock Lake on the south.

The small, private helicopter went nose down into a wooded area.  Parts littered the hillside.

Southern Stone County firefighters, medical technicians, State Highway Patrol troopers and sheriff's deputies rushed to the scene.  A helicopter ambulance took the pilot to a hospital with critical injuries.

The pilot's name has not been released, but Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader says he is an experienced pilot.  Radar says he had been a passenger on the man's flights.

Sheriff Radar says deputies secured the crash scene for the night.  He expects Federal Aviation Administration investigators will arrive Saturday morning to begin their investigation into what caused the crash.

Story and video: 

A man was critically injured following a helicopter crash outside of Reeds Spring, according to an official with the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District.

Public Information Officer Eric Nielsen said the fire department responded to the crash at around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The man who was critically injured was the only person aboard the helicopter, which sat two, Nielsen said. The man was being transported to a hospital in Springfield, he said.

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