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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212493
Last updated: 18 September 2020
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Time:09:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic S76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-76C+
Owner/operator:Bristow US LLC
Registration: N860AL
C/n / msn: 760527
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Acadiana Regional Airport (ARA), New Iberia, LA -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:New Iberia, LA (ARA)
Destination airport:Offshore Installation, GOM
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, while the copilot was taxiing the wheel-equipped helicopter to the runway for departure, he saw a “bump” on the concrete. The copilot reported that he attempted to stop before the “bump,” which turned out to be a pothole, but the helicopter struck the pothole with the right main landing gear, which collapsed. The pilot and the copilot both reported that the taxi speed was less than 5 knots.
The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the internal fuselage structure.
The Director of Operations reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The helicopter’s striking of a pothole while taxiing, which resulted in the right main landing gear collapsing.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

22-Jun-2018 07:39 ASN Update Bot Added
16-Feb-2019 12:43 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]
17-Feb-2019 12:35 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
18-Feb-2019 07:56 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code]

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