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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 238837
Last updated: 22 November 2020
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Date:29-JUL-2020
Time:17:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3e Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Rainier Heli International Inc.
Registration: N755AE
C/n / msn: 7763
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Pioche, Lincoln County, NV -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Cedar City Airport, UT (CDC/KCDC)
Destination airport:Pioche, NV
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On July 29, 2020, about 1000 Pacific daylight time, an American Eurocopter Corp. AS350B3 helicopter, N755AE, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Pioche, Nevada. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 positioning flight.

A witness reported dropping off the pilot and passenger at the helicopter and noticed that the long line was laid out and attached to the belly of the helicopter.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors, who responded to the site, the helicopter was on its right side in mountainous densely forested desert terrain at an elevation of 6,741 ft mean sea level (MSL). (See Figure 1). The steel long line cable impacted the main rotor blades and was also entangled in the separated tail rotor. The tail rotor with one blade attached was 21 ft. from the main wreckage. Approximately 30 ft. of long line and one tail rotor blade were not located. The vertical stabilizer was 365 ft. from the main wreckage.

The helicopter was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Sources:

http://wirelessestimator.com/articles/2020/helicopter-cell-site-project-crash-kills-pilot-and-passenger/
https://www.asias.faa.gov/apex/f?p=100:95:::NO::P95_EVENT_LCL_DATE,P95_LOC_CITY_NAME,P95_REGIST_NBR:29-JUL-20,PIOCHE,N755AE
https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=755AE
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N755AE
https://www.radarbox.com/data/registration/N755AE/1382378458
https://www.helis.com/database/cn/52548/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Jul-2020 14:33 HeliHub Added
30-Jul-2020 14:54 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Jul-2020 19:31 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
30-Jul-2020 19:59 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Narrative]
30-Jul-2020 22:30 Geno Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]
16-Aug-2020 22:10 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]
22-Nov-2020 08:26 Aerossurance Updated [Source]

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