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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232400
Last updated: 8 May 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B407 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 407
Owner/operator:Executive Air Taxi Corporation
Registration: N947LH
MSN: 53509
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Trinity Health Heliport (2ND4 ), Minot, ND -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Minot International Airport, ND (MOT/KMOT)
Destination airport:Trinity Health Heliport (2ND4 ), Minot, ND
Investigating agency: NTSB
A Bell 407 helicopter, N947LH, impacted a helipad perimeter fence during a landing near Minot, North Dakota. The pilot, sole occupant was not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Executive Air Taxi Corp as a positioning flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight.
The pilot conducted a flight to the Trinity Medical Helipad (2ND4) to pick up the medical crew. The pilot stated he performed a right 180 circling approach to the helipad. As he finished the turn, he thought he was a little low on final approach and "pulled in a little collective." He applied more collective as he was leveling off and the "helicopter contacted the pad firmly." The pilot added that it was firmer than a normal landing, but he thought everything was okay until he noticed a small vibration.
Before departing with the medical crew, the pilot still felt the vibration in the helicopter, so he shut the helicopter down to check. After shutdown, the crew walked toward the tail and noticed a slight bend in the lower vertical fin, the tips of both tail rotor blades missing, and the helipad safety fence was missing a small section of the fence-edge pipe.
Additional examination of the helicopter identified cracks in the tailboom structure.




Still photo from security camera video, as the helicopter touches down (FAA)

Revision history:

24-Jan-2020 01:04 Geno Added
24-Jan-2020 03:02 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Jan-2020 00:11 Captain Adam Updated [Operator, Damage, Narrative]
08-Feb-2021 18:31 harro Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo]
22-Feb-2021 17:57 harro Updated [[Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo]]
08-May-2021 14:57 harro Updated [[[Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo]]]

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