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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 178682
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B412 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 412
Registration: N82628
MSN: 36106
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Quantico, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:FBI Training Academy, Quantico, Virginia.
Destination airport:FBI Training Academy, Quantico, Virginia.
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On March 12, 1998, at 1730 eastern standard time, a Bell 412 helicopter, N82628, operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was substantially damaged when the tail rotor struck the ground at the FBI Training Academy, Quantico, Virginia.

The FBI helicopter completed two circuits around a training road course at low altitude in pursuit of an automobile. The supervisor of the road course arranged the scenario with the pilot, and an instructor drove the automobile. A second vehicle that followed the pursuit filmed the flight. During the second lap, the vehicle reversed direction as it performed a sudden stop. The helicopter performed a deceleration and the tail skid, tailrotor, and tailboom struck the ground. A request for copies of procedural, operational, maintenance, and safety related programs and documents revealed that they either did not exist, or they were in draft form and unapproved for use. The flight was neither trained for, nor was it briefed. The pilots received training from the helicopter manufacturer, but no agency mission training or evaluations were noted in the accident helicopter. The FBI convened an Aviation Accident Review Board (AARB). According to the Board, '... [Unit] pilots worked under the 'fly one helicopter, fly all helicopter' assumption. AARB members unanimously agreed that no management oversight of [unit] operations currently exists.'

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
the pilot's failure to maintain adequate altitude/clearance above the terrain and the lack of management oversight of aircrews and equipment.

As a result of the investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation approved and published programs and flight training manuals proposed by the helicopter unit in November 1998. The aircrew training manuals were for 2 separate airframe and mission types. The program manuals were for larger, generic helicopter units and a smaller, mission specific unit.



Revision history:

15-Aug-2015 14:18 Aerossurance Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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