Accident Bell 47G-5 N1309X,
ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43421
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Thursday 11 January 1996
Time:17:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 47G-5
Owner/operator:North Coast Helicopter Service
Registration: N1309X
MSN: 7818
Total airframe hrs:8933 hours
Engine model:Lycoming VO-435
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Pope Valley, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot had hovered the helicopter over the loading platform and lowered the broadcaster (bucket) onto the platform for reloading. After the ground crew loaded the broadcaster, the pilot turned the helicopter and began to depart. The broadcaster cables became entangled with the truck and the helicopter descended, uncontrolled, and crashed.

Probable Cause: the pilot misjudged the clearance between the broadcaster and the truck resulting in the broadcaster's cables becoming entangled with the truck.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX96LA093
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
20 February 1995 N1309X North Coast Helicopter Service 0 Sonoma, CA sub


Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Apr-2024 08:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2024 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314