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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17860
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FH11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild-Hiller FH-1100
Registration: N5049F
MSN: 196
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chipman Preserve, Comstock Township, MI -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kalamazoo, MI
Destination airport:Kalamazoo, MI
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot purchased the helicopter the day prior to the accident. He was returning to his home airstrip after having flown with a certified flight instructor when the accident occurred. A witness reported hearing a loss of engine noise followed by the impact. The helicopter contacted a 40-foot-tall tree and impacted the ground, coming to rest on its right side. The tree was located near a small clearing in a heavily wooded area. The wreckage was aligned with the end of the pilot's airstrip. Inspection of the helicopter, control systems, engine, and transmission, failed to reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the helicopter. Fuel was not visible in the fuel tank. Approximately 2 quarts of fuel were drained from the tank following the accident. There was no evidence of a fuel spill/leak at the accident site. The helicopter has a usable fuel quantity of 66.9 gallons. It has an average cruise airspeed of 85 to 90 miles per hour and it consumes about 22 gallons per hour. The distance from where the helicopter was last fueled to the pilot's airstrip is approximately 82 miles. The pilot then flew approximately 22 miles from his airstrip to pick up his flight instructor. They then flew in the local area for about 1 hour. The certified flight instructor stated that the pilot had departed about 1100 to return to his airstrip. The accident occurred at 1153.
Probable Cause: A loss of engine power in flight due to fuel exhaustion resulting from the pilot's inadequate fuel management. Contributing to the accident was the unsuitable terrain for a forced landing.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

17-May-2008 02:33 Fusko Added
24-Jun-2017 17:03 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
03-Dec-2017 12:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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