Loss of control Accident Bell 206B JetRanger II N49588, Saturday 12 January 2008
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Date:Saturday 12 January 2008
Time:16:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 206B JetRanger II
Registration: N49588
MSN: 1726
Year of manufacture:1975
Engine model:Rolls-Royce 250 C-20B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:La Verna, California -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:La Verne-Brackett Field, CA (POC/KPOC)
Destination airport:La Verne-Brackett Field, CA (POC/KPOC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that the helicopter was in a three-foot hover, moving forward, when control was lost and the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot reported the left cyclic control was removed prior to the flight; however, the protective cover was not installed. He stated that during the accident flight, test equipment (used for track and balance) "became entangled" at the left cyclic attach point and prevented full cyclic control.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper preflight planning which resulted in a jammed cyclic control while maneuvering.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: SEA08CA059
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

24 July 2010 N788BD 0 Big Bear City, California sub


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