Aircraft Incident/Accident Report

Lyons, Oregon 97358
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 15:00 PST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot said that he was moving Christmas trees during harvesting operations. He said that one of the two slings holding the load failed, and as the trees fell to the ground, the second sling "popped" into his rotor head. The pilot said that both the cyclic and collective were severed, and he lost all flight control. An autorotation was not possible and the helicopter fell to the ground and came to rest on its right side.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
A severing of the helicopter's cyclic and collective rods by one of the load lifting slings following the failure of the other sling. A contributing factor was the hard landing due to the fact that an autorotation was not possible.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date11/22/2006 
Event Day of the WeekWednesday 
Time of Event1500 
Event Time ZonePacific Standard Time 
Event CityLyons 
Event StateOREGON 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site97358 
Event Date Year2006 
Event Date Month11 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude444867N 
Event Location Longitude1223538W 
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 observation1456 Pacific Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)280 
Weather Observation Facility IDSLE 
Elevation of weather observation facility214 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)19 
Time Zone of the weather observationPST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height3800 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height3800 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsThin Broken 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingBroken 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)170 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)14 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.81 
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)21179 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA NW ROC  
NTSB Notification DateNov 22 2006 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordMar 26 2007 9:33AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\lema  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficePortland, OR 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN1611W 
NTSB NumberSEA07LA022 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameMcDonnell Douglas 
Aircraft Model369E 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number0319E 
Certified Max Gross Weight3550 
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 InspectionNov 1 2006 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours7997 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameMenasha Forest Management Services LLC 
Aircraft Owner Street Address1515 Sheridan Ave. 
Aircraft Owner CityNorth Bend 
Aircraft Owner StateOR 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode97459 
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 Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
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)External Load 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport Code-- 
Departure CityLyons 
Departure StateOR 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1455 
Departure Time ZonePST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code-- 
Destination CityLyons 
Destination StateOR 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightHover - out of ground effect 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 31 2007 1:58PM 
User who most recently changed recordSTAM  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and LocationNA 
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--