Loss of control Accident Eurocopter EC 135P2 N135WJ, Monday 17 June 2019
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Date:Monday 17 June 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter EC 135P2
Owner/operator:Air Methods Corporation (AMC)
Registration: N135WJ
MSN: 0287
Year of manufacture:2003
Total airframe hrs:5894 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney 206B2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cobleskill, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Cobleskill, NY
Destination airport:Albany, NY (NK64)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter operator reported that, during takeoff, the pilot allowed the helicopter to drift aft during a pedal turn, which resulted in the main rotor blades impacting tree branches that outlined the confined area of the landing zone. The pilot completed the remainder of the flight without incident. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the antitorque gear box. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain situational awareness during takeoff from a confined area, which resulted in the helicopter rotors striking tree branches.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: GAA19CA405
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

19-Apr-2020 07:01 ASN Update Bot Added
13-Jan-2021 17:59 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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