Aircraft Incident/Accident Report


Wasco, California 93280
Tuesady, March 7, 2000 10:20 PST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot landed the single-engine helicopter in a muddy field after experiencing a loss of engine power while climbing through 200 feet. The pilot reported hearing and feeling a bang, then a jolt to the left, followed by a loss of engine power. The pilot landed the helicopter in a field with furrows, which forced the tail up resulting in a tail strike. After the accident, the pilot reported to the operator that he may have experienced carburetor icing. An overhaul of the engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have prevented the engine's operation. According to the FAA's Carburetor Icing Probability Chart with the reported temperature and dew point, the conditions existed for "Serious Icing at Cruise Power."
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's failure to use carburetor heat, which resulted in a loss of engine power. Factors included the ambient carburetor icing conditions and the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date3/7/2000 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event1020 
Event Time ZonePacific Standard Time 
Event CityWasco 
Event StateCALIFORNIA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site93280 
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude353700N 
Event Location Longitude1192100W 
Event Location Airport-- 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID-- 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation956 Pacific Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)145 
Weather Observation Facility IDBFL 
Elevation of weather observation facility507 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)25 
Time Zone of the weather observationPST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)11 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)130 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.01 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)12987 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateMar 7 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1335 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 18 2003 4:28PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN1354X 
NTSB NumberLAX00LA116 
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 137: Agricultural 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameBell 
Aircraft Model47G-4A 
Aircraft Series Identifier47G-4A 
Aircraft Serial Number7537 
Certified Max Gross Weight3014 
Aircraft CategoryHelicopter 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection100 Hour 
Date of Last InspectionFeb 29 2000 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection23 
Airframe Hours11524 
ELT InstalledNo 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameInland Crop Dusters, Inc. 
Aircraft Owner Street Address5001 Stearman Avenue 
Aircraft Owner CityShafter 
Aircraft Owner StateCA 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode93263 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameInland Crop Dusters, Inc. 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator CodePWWG 
Owner has at least one certificate-- 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationAgriculture 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Aerial Application 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeMIT  
Departure CityShafter 
Departure StateCA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time700 
Departure Time ZonePST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code-- 
Destination CityWASCO 
Destination StateCA 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightTakeoff 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 9 2003 6:05PM 
User who most recently changed recordCOOS  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location-- 
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--