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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 177713
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Date:23-MAY-2004
Time:16:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic B412 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 412
Owner/operator:Air Methods Corp.
Registration: N555BA
MSN: 36015
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:San Antonio, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:San Antonio, TX (09XS)
Destination airport:New Braunfels, TX (BAZ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Prior to takeoff, the helicopter was parked facing the northwest. While in a hover and executing a right pedal turn to align into the wind, the helicopter's tail rotor struck a parked helicopter's main rotor blade. The airborne helicopter entered into right yaw, and the pilot reduced collective and throttles. Subsequently, the helicopter landed hard onto the helipad. At the time of the accident, the wind was reported from 170 degrees at 14 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the parked helicopter while performing a hovering turn.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20040524X00634&key=1

Location


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jul-2015 14:24 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 18:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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