Accident Eurocopter AS350 N193EH,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 287211
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Date:Monday 12 January 2009
Time:11:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS350
Owner/operator:Era Helicopters LLC
Registration: N193EH
MSN: 2599
Year of manufacture:1991
Total airframe hrs:7885 hours
Engine model:Ariel 1D1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Vermillion 229, -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Vermillion 229, GM (V299)
Destination airport:Cameron, LA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
According to the pilot, he was departing the heliport at the oil rig platform and had brought the helicopter into a low hover. While in the hover, the tail rotor struck a two-foot vertical lightning rod attached to the platform edge causing damage to the tail rotor blades and horizontal stabilizer, wrinkling the tail boom, and displacing the tail rotor gear box. The pilot reported no mechanical anomalies with the helicopter prior to impact. The pilot stated that he had observed the lightning rod placement during previous landings on the platform as well as during the current operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a known obstruction. Contributing to the accident was the location/placement of lightning rods in the landing zone.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN09CA127
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report




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