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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240461
Last updated: 26 September 2020
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Date:24-AUG-2020
Time:18:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic KMAX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Kaman K-1200 K-Max
Owner/operator:Central Copters Inc
Registration: N314
C/n / msn: A94-0032
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:20 miles west of Wamic, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On August 24, 2020, about 1800 Pacific daylight time, a Kaman, K-1200 helicopter, N314, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pine Grove, Oregon. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 external load flight.
The helicopter was being operated under an exclusive use contract with the United States Forest Service (USFS), and had been conducting water bucket operations in support of the White River fire in Mt. Hood, National Forest. Radio communications with the helicopter pilot was lost and a second helicopter was dispatched in an effort to locate the pilot. The helicopter wreckage was later found at a designated dip site on the White River. The helicopter came to rest on its right side with the 140-foot long-line still attached to the cargo hook. The left-side, main rotor blades had separated at the blade roots, and were located about 500 feet north west from the fuselage. The right-side rotor pylon, rotor hub, and one main rotor blade had separated from the fuselage and were found near the tail boom of the helicopter. The other right-side main rotor blade had separated from the hub and was found about 50 feet from the fuselage. All other major components were located near the fuselage in a small debris field.
The helicopter was relocated to a secure facility for further examination.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20200824X31000&key=1
NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20200824X31000&key=1
https://ktvz.com/news/2020/08/25/firefighting-pilot-killed-in-helicopter-crash-on-mt-hood-national-forest/
https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/wildfire/firefighter-killed-in-wasco-county-helicopter-crash/283-26332a9f-6f2b-4127-8854-de50f5cc5a0f
https://fireaviation.com/2020/08/25/pilot-killed-in-helicopter-accident-while-battling-oregon-fire/

https://www.airport-data.com/images/aircraft/001/171/001171224.jpg (photo)

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Aug-2020 14:52 Notarhelicopters Added
25-Aug-2020 14:54 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Source, Narrative]
25-Aug-2020 14:55 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
25-Aug-2020 14:59 harro Updated [Time]
25-Aug-2020 15:00 harro Updated [Source]
25-Aug-2020 16:07 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Aug-2020 16:22 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code]
31-Aug-2020 06:21 Anon. Updated [Location, Embed code]
16-Sep-2020 08:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report]
16-Sep-2020 08:31 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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