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

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