11-Jan-19 N346AE Airbus AS350B2 Ponca City, US-Oklahoma

NTSB report :  The pilot and an air ambulance crewmember were repositioning the helicopter due to incoming inclement weather. About halfway into the flight, the front windshields were fogging over, and the pilot increased the demister. Upon reaching the destination, the pilot hovered near the company hangar; by this time, the windshields had completely fogged over. The crewmember warned the pilot that he was getting close to the hangar, which was on the helicopter’s left side. The pilot felt that he was high enough off the ground to move the helicopter several feet to the right, but the right skid was too low and contacted the ground, which resulted in a dynamic rollover. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the rotor blades, fuselage, and tailboom.

Based on the available information, the dynamic rollover was a result of the pilot’s failure to maintain altitude during the hover operation with a fogged-over windshield.

Date
January 11, 2019
Reg
N346AE
Make
Eurocopter
Model
AS350
MSN
2946
Location
Ponca City Regional Airport
Country
US-Oklahoma
CivilMilitary
Civil
Link 1
https://www.poncacitynow.com/helicopter-crashes-at-ponca-city-airport/
Link 2
https://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/medical-helicopter-crashes-in-ponca-city

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