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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32294
Last updated: 10 September 2021
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Type:Kaman HH-43F Huskie (K-600)
Owner/operator:Freeway Avn
Registration: N321WN
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Glendale, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On January 9, 1995, at 1740 mountain standard time, a Kaman HH-43F helicopter, N321WN, collided with a tree and crashed into a field during a Part 137 aerial application flight near Glendale, Arizona. Visual meteorological conditions existed at the time. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot was not injured. The aircraft departed from a private helicopter pad near Tolleson, Arizona, at 1730.

According to the pilot, he had completed spraying the field and was cleaning up the ends. On the last pass, he did not see the bare tree branches that protruded 15 to 20 feet into the field until it was too late. He stated that the right main rotor blade struck the branches which tore off the control flap to the rotor blade causing a severe vibration. The pilot immediately landed in a muddy field and shut down the engine. Examination of the helicopter by the pilot revealed that the tail booms were cracked and broken by the severe vibrations. There was no fire, fuel, or chemical spill.


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
26-Feb-2010 09:39 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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