Accident Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil N346AE,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220719
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Date:Friday 11 January 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Air Evac Ems Inc
Registration: N346AE
MSN: 2946
Year of manufacture:1996
Total airframe hrs:11499 hours
Engine model:Honeywell LTS-101-700D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ponca City Regional Airport, OK -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Ponca City, OK
Destination airport:Ponca City, OK (PNC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain altitude during the hover operation while his view was obstructed due to the fogged-over windshield.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN19LA068
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report





Revision history:

12-Jan-2019 07:21 gerard57 Added
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03-Jul-2020 12:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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