Accident MD Helicopters MD530F (369FF) N5841Z,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 386474
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Date:Tuesday 9 April 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
MD Helicopters MD530F (369FF)
Owner/operator:LUMA - Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority
Registration: N5841Z
MSN: 0135FF
Year of manufacture:1999
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ceiba-José Aponte de la Torre Airport (NRR/TJRV) -   Puerto Rico
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU/TJSJ)
Destination airport:Ceiba-José Aponte de la Torre Airport (NRR/TJRV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The accident pilot was new to the company, and he and the chief pilot were practicing quick stop maneuvers in the helicopter. The pilots reported that while performing a quick stop maneuver over a taxiway, they heard a noise before the nose of the helicopter began turning right and the skids touched down. Postaccident examination of the helicopter by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that its horizontal stabilizer was substantially damaged. Photographs of the horizontal stabilizer and tail rotor displayed signatures consistent with both contacting the ground during the quick stop maneuver. The pilots reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures of the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilots’ failure to ensure adequate clearance from the taxiway while performing a quick stop maneuver.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

09-Apr-2024 17:12 Captain Adam Added
09-Apr-2024 17:46 ASN Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Embed code]
09-Apr-2024 17:53 ASN Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source]
09-Apr-2024 17:54 ASN Updated [Category]
10-Apr-2024 14:05 ASN Updated [Phase, Narrative]
23-Apr-2024 16:04 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Total occupants, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Category, Accident report]
10-May-2024 11:44 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Narrative]

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