Accident Helio H-295 N6478V, 13 Mar 2009
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 287121
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Time:15:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic COUR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Helio H-295
Owner/operator:Wright Air Service Inc
Registration: N6478V
MSN: 1431
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Healy, Alaska -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA)
Destination airport:Healy, AK
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airline transport pilot was on an on-demand air taxi passenger flight in a ski-equipped airplane. The pilot said that the accident occurred while he was packing snow at the landing site by laying down tracks with the airplane's skis in preparation for landing. During the last pass, he said that as the airplane lifted off the snow, the wings encountered high brush; when he pulled back on the elevator control to clear the brush, he said that he believed that the tail ski contacted the snow and dragged the airplane down into the brush. The pilot said that there were no known mechanical problems with the airplane prior to the accident. The fuselage and empennage sustained structural damage during the encounter with brush and terrain.

Probable Cause: The pilot's delay in initiating a climb while he was packing snow with the airplane's skis in preparation for landing, resulting in a collision with brush.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

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