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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45472
Last updated: 7 December 2021
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Date:02-AUG-2002
Time:19:52
Type:Silhouette image of generic B412 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 412
Owner/operator:Air Center Helicopters, Inc.
Registration: N464AC
MSN: 33186
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Accident
Location:Rantoul, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Rantoul, IL (TIP)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The helicopter's main rotor blade contacted a photographer fatally injuring him. Before lift off, ground crew informed the pilot that there were four canopies in the vicinity of the takeoff area. The pilot immediately took off and began following a mowed grass area adjacent to an area of corn in which the photographer was standing in and unseen by the pilot. The pilot then executed a steep right bank turn several feet off the ground contacting the photographer with the tip of the main rotor blade.
Probable Cause: The congested takeoff and landing area and the low altitude flight maneuver performed by the pilot.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20020806X01314&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
13-Aug-2010 14:56 Alpine Flight Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 17:15 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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