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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133308
Last updated: 29 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350
Owner/operator:Bulldog Airlines Inc.
Registration: N902BA
MSN: 1414
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lakeland, Polk County, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Orlando, Florida (MCO/KMCO)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On January 13, 1994, about 1230 eastern standard time, a Aerospatiale AS350, N902BA, registered to Bulldog Airlines Inc., crashed in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, while operating an aerial observation flight. The helicopter was destroyed. The commercial pilot sustained a serious injury, and the passenger sustained a minor injury. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed. The helicopter departed from Orlando, Florida, about 40 minutes before the accident.

The pilot stated after completing a turn to the west between 500 to 600 feet agl, at 70 mph, he experienced a high side governor failure. He heard an increase in engine rpm and the helicopter yawed to the left. He retarded the fuel control lever aft to the flight idle position, and noted no change, moved the throttle to the off position, turned the fuel control valve off, entered autorotation, and made a Mayday call. High tension wires were observed to his front, he increased collective pitch and applied aft cyclic in order to clear the wires. The rotor rpm decreased, and collective pitch was lowered in an attempt to regain rotor rpm. The pilot increased collective pitch as the helicopter collided with the terrain, and rolled over on its left side.

Examination of the airframe and flight controls was conducted by American Eurocopter Corporation in the presence of the FAA. There was no evidence to indicate a precrash mechanical failure or malfunction.


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Revision history:

24-Jun-2014 17:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Jul-2014 19:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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