Accident Bell OH-58A Kiowa N96BM, Saturday 17 November 2012
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Date:Saturday 17 November 2012
Time:15:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell OH-58A Kiowa
Owner/operator:Pasadena Police
Registration: N96BM
MSN: 42030
Year of manufacture:1972
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Altadena-Pasadena Police Benedict Heliport, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Aerial patrol
Departure airport:Altadena-Pasadena Police Benedict Heliport, CA
Destination airport:Altadena-Pasadena Police Benedict Heliport, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
One Pasadena Police Department (PD) helicopter struck another stationary Pasadena PD helicopter while maneuvering to park at the Pasadena Police Benedict Heliport, Altadena, California. N911FA, a Bell OH-58, was attempting to park on Pad 2 at the Pasadena PD heliport, and N96BM, a Bell OH-58A, was on the ground adjacent to Pad 1 with its main rotor blades turning when the collision occurred. Pasadena PD operated both helicopters under the provision of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as public-use flights. Both helicopters sustained substantial damage. The commercial pilot and two passengers of N911FA received minor injuries. The commercial pilot and tactical flight officer (TFO) of N96BM received minor injuries. Also, one person on the ground received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plans had been filed.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The landing pilot's failure to maintain clearance with from obstacles a parked prior to landing helicopter and the other pilot's failure to park the helicopter inside of a marked parking pad. Contributing to the accident was the landing pilot's obscured visibility due to moisture on the windscreen. Also contributing to the accident was the other pilot's action of placing the helicopter outside of a marked parking pad.

Sources:

http://13lei.net/2012/11/18/6-injured-in-pasadena-police-helicopter-mishap-san-jose-mercury-news/
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=8889807
http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=96BM
https://www.therunwaycentreline.com/blog/2020/5/17/accident-review-pasadena-pd-helicopter-collision

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Nov-2012 03:51 gerard57 Added
18-Nov-2012 05:12 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total occupants]
18-Nov-2012 16:32 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
18-Nov-2012 23:51 steve the Humberside Updated [Cn]
17-Dec-2016 14:08 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Mar-2018 12:44 harro Updated [Photo, ]
09-Mar-2018 12:45 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Photo, ]
09-Mar-2018 14:25 harro Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code]
29-Apr-2022 18:41 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code]
31-May-2023 05:15 Ron Averes Updated

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