Accident Bell OH-58C Kiowa N31JA, Tuesday 11 January 2000
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Date:Tuesday 11 January 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell OH-58C Kiowa
Owner/operator:Jicarilla Apache Police
Registration: N31JA
MSN: 7120773
Year of manufacture:1971
Total airframe hrs:4208 hours
Engine model:Allison T63-A-720
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Lindrith, NM -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Remote Site, NM
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was conducting an annual game survey with three employees of the Jicarilla Game and Fish Department. He had been airborne for approximately 2 hours, and was planning on returning for fuel. While flying on an easterly heading at 35 knots and 100 ft. agl in calm winds, the pilot initiated a shallow right turn and the aircraft started a yaw to the right. Left pedal was applied to counteract the movement with no effect. The pilot lowered collective to reduce the torque and the aircraft began to spin to the right. He closed the throttle to the flight idle position to reduce torque on the airframe. The aircraft continued to spin and as it was approaching the ground, he pulled the pitch back to cushion the landing. The helicopter impacted the top of a pinion tree and came to rest on its right side. The day following the accident, an FAA maintenance inspector performed an inspection of the tail rotor system and no discrepancies were found. Density altitude at the accident site was calculated to be 7,240 feet above msl.
Probable Cause: Loss of tail rotor effectiveness while maneuvering. A factor was the high density altitude.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DEN00TA042
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-Jun-2012 11:39 beerandbones22 Updated [Source]
12-Jun-2012 11:40 harro Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Damage, Narrative]
12-Dec-2017 18:17 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
31-May-2023 05:01 Ron Averes Updated

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