Aircraft Incident/Accident Report


Walford, Iowa 52351
Friday, June 30, 2006 12:51 CDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The helicopter was destroyed when it impacted power lines and the ground while filming for a motion picture. The pilot and one passenger received serious injuries. One passenger was fatally injured. The motion picture camera's film was developed and a dubbed version was examined by the National Transportation Safety Board's Vehicle Recorder Division. The video contained several recorded scenes of a car travelling on a highway. During the final portion of the last recorded scene, the helicopter's speed and altitude were estimated to be 50 to 60 miles per hour and 30 and 50 feet above the ground as it travelled parallel to the highway. The recording did not contain evidence of any avoidance or maneuver prior to the end of the recording. Local authorities confirmed that power lines that ran perpendicular to the road that the helicopter paralled were severed when they arrived at the accident scene. The height of the wires was estimated to be about 50 feet. No aircraft, control or engine anomalies were found that could be determined to have existed prior to the accident.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from powerlines. The powerlines were a factor.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date6/30/2006 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event1251 
Event Time ZoneCentral Daylight Time 
Event CityWalford 
Event StateIOWA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site52351 
Event Date Year2006 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude415232N 
Event Location Longitude0915108W 
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 Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1252 Central Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)90 
Weather Observation Facility IDKCID 
Elevation of weather observation facility-- 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationCDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height6500 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
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)26 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)16 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)-- 
Wind Velocity Indicator Calm 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.99 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report METAR KCID 301552Z 27012G19KT 7SM FEW055 23/16 A30 
Event Highest InjuryFatal 
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)22172 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA  
NTSB Notification DateJun 30 2006 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 27 2007 11:30AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\johb  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeDes Moines, Iowa 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN2877F 
NTSB NumberCHI06FA173 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageDestroyed 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameBell 
Aircraft Model206B 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number2971 
Certified Max Gross Weight4000 
Aircraft CategoryHelicopter 
Aircraft Registration Class-- 
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 InspectionMay 1 2006 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours6392 
ELT Installed-- 
ELT Activated-- 
ELT Aided Location of Event Site-- 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameRITEL COPTER SERVICE INC  
Aircraft Owner Street Address2838 West Tama Road 
Aircraft Owner CityHudson 
Aircraft Owner StateIA 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode50643 
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 Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator CodeRCSA 
Owner has at least one certificate-- 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
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)Business 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport Code-- 
Departure CityWalford 
Departure StateIA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time-- 
Departure Time ZoneCDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code-- 
Destination City-- 
Destination State-- 
Destination Country-- 
Specific Phase of FlightManeuvering 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 13 2007 2:46PM 
User who most recently changed recordDINC  
Since inspection or accidentLast Inspection 
Event Location Runway Number and LocationNA 
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--