NTSB Identification: SEA02WA157
Accident occurred Thursday, July 25, 2002 in Prince George, Canada
Aircraft: Bell 206B, registration: N59584
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On July 25, 2002, approximately 10:30 Pacific daylight time, a Bell 206B rotorcraft, N59584, registered to/operated by Croman Corporation, and being flown by a commercial pilot sustained substantial damage when the rotorcraft's tail rotor contacted a fueling truck while hovering to land approximately 35 nautical miles southeast of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. The pilot was uninjured and there was no fire or ground injuries. Meteorological conditions at the accident site were not reported and no flight plan had been filed. The flight, which was engaged in heli-logging, was operated under 14 (US) CFR 133, and originated from the fueling site where the accident occurred.

TheTransportation Safety Board of Canada issued a preliminary notification of the accident and reported that the rotorcraft was returning from a logging operation to refuel and had just dropped the long-line while in a 45-foot hover. The pilot then maneuvered the rotorcraft toward the landing site and while hovering the rotorcraft shifted backward about 15 feet. The pilot heard and felt a "buzzing" and attempted to pull up but the rotorcraft began to rotate. The pilot then lowered collective and executed a hard landing. Post-crash examination revealed the tail rotor had impacted a refueling truck.

This report is for information purposes only. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Damien Lawson, Investigator in charge
#4-3071 Number Five Road
Richmond, BC V6X2T4

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