07-Sep-13 N721LL Bell 206L3 Amistad, US-New Mexico

Helicopter in open field on its side, substantial damage.  2 POB not injured.  “The pilot in command made an abrupt turn to avoid a massive bird strike” and was “unable to recover complete control of the helicopter before it struck terrain,” said IDOT spokeswoman Paris Ervin in this report.  Pilot was Steve Young, bureau chief of air operations for IDOT.  Passenger was Rob Thorpe, IDOT section chief of aviation maintenance.  Helicopter reported as flying at 300ft agl.

Date:
7 September, 2013
Reg:
N721LL
Make:
Bell
Model:
B206
MSN:
51164
Location:
Amistad
Country:
US-New Mexico
Civil / Military:
Civil
Operator:
Illinois-DOT
Link:
http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2013/09/09/illinois-state-helicopter-crashes-in-new-mexico/ai8ulem/
Link:
http://www.asias.faa.gov/pls/apex/f?p=100:96:::::P96_ENTRY_DATE,P96_MAKE_NAME,P96_FATAL_FLG:09-SEP-13,BELL
Link:
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/illinois-state-helicopter-crashes-in-new-mexico/article_90419340-c1cc-52d1-8b8b-ac162a4d8bc5.html

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