15-Jun-21 N398M Bell UH-1 Townsend, US-Montana

Firefighting helicopter made heavy landing under adverse wind conditions.  The aircraft spun right about 120 degrees on landing, and rolled to the left, caught fire and burned out.  Before catching fire, all 5 POB were safety evacuated from the aircraft.

Helicopter was working the Deep Creek fire.

Date:
15 June, 2021
Reg:
N398M
Make:
Bell
Model:
UH-1H
MSN:
65-09984
Location:
Townsend
Country:
US-Montana
Civil / Military:
Civil
Operator:
Montana-Dept-of-Natural-Resources-and-Conservation
Link:
https://helenair.com/news/local/dnrc-grounds-all-aircraft-after-helicopter-crash-at-fire-scene/article_aa6af413-f202-5b8d-979c-ceaf1713aed6.html
Link:
https://www.ktvh.com/news/dnrc-provides-more-information-on-jun-15-helicopter-accident
Link:
https://newstalk955.com/helo-down-near-townsend-montana-all-crew-members-rescued/

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