Aircraft Incident/Accident Report

Rosebud, Texas 76570
Sunday, October 7, 2001 22:50 CDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
While en route on a positioning flight in dark night visual meteorological conditions, the Emergency Medical Service twin-engine helicopter was diverted to pick up a patient who was involved in an automobile accident. Upon arriving in the vicinity of the accident, the pilot had trouble locating the accident site. After circling the area several times, the pilot was informed that the patient was transported by ground vehicle. The flight departed the area for the initial intended destination. The pilot filed a company flight plan with an estimated time of arrival of 30 minutes and 40 minutes of fuel on board. About 10 minutes from destination, both of the helicopter's engines lost power, and the pilot initiated an autorotation. The pilot spotted what he believed to be a tree or bush and "flared a little high to miss the obstacle which caused a decrease in rotor rpm." During the landing, the helicopter touched down "hard," slid approximately 30-40 feet, before coming to rest on its left side following the separation of both landing skid tubes. Examination of the helicopter revealed that the fuel system was not compromised. During the examination of the fuel system, a total of 2 ounces of fuel was drained from both fuel filters and the fuel lines, which lead to the fuel nozzles. A total of 2 quarts of fuel was drained from both fuel tanks. Toxicology testing of the pilot was positive for methamphetamine (>20000 ng/ml) and amphetamine (2642 ng/ml). The operator reported that "the pilot admitted to taking medicine prescribed for his wife, and was taking this medicine for 3 days prior to the accident."
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilots impairment due to drugs. Contributing factors were the dark night light conditions, the pilot's failure to refuel, resulting in the total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion, and the pilot's misjudged landing flare.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date10/7/2001 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event2250 
Event Time ZoneCentral Daylight Time 
Event CityRosebud 
Event StateTEXAS 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site76570 
Event Date Year2001 
Event Date Month10 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
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 sourceWitness 
Time of the weather observation 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)-- 
Weather Observation Facility ID-- 
Elevation of weather observation facility-- 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)-- 
Time Zone of the weather observation-- 
Lighting ConditionsNight/Dark 
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)16 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-- 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)225 
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) -- 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryMinor 
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)13475 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA Operations Center  
NTSB Notification DateOct 8 2001 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time10 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordMay 30 2003 9:51AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeFort Worth, Texas 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN911BB 
NTSB NumberFTW02LA006 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedVFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameAerospatiale 
Aircraft ModelAS355F1 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number5099 
Certified Max Gross Weight5291 
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 InspectionAAIP 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours5576.6 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameSouthwest Helicopters, Inc. 
Aircraft Owner Street Address6666 S Plumer Ave 
Aircraft Owner CityTucson 
Aircraft Owner StateAZ 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode85706 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Name-- 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator CodeEJYA 
Owner has at least one certificate-- 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
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)Positioning 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport Code9F1  
Departure CityVALLEY MILLS 
Departure StateTX 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time2130 
Departure Time ZoneCDT 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport Code59XS 
Destination CityTEMPLE 
Destination StateTX 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightLanding - flare/touchdown 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredYes 
Date of most recent change to recordFeb 2 2009 2:54PM 
User who most recently changed recordjohb 
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location-- 
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightYes 
Medical Flight--