NTSB Identification: WPR11FA045
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 12, 2010 in Pacoima, CA
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER AS350B2, registration: N1231A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.


On November 12, 2010, at 0748 Pacific standard time, a Eurocopter AS350B2, N1231A, experienced a loss of engine power shortly after departure from Whiteman Field, Pacoima, California. During the subsequent forced autorotation, the helicopter experienced a hard landing, and the tail boom separated. Tiny Bubbles Aviation, Inc., was operating the helicopter under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot and one passenger were not injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the airframe. The local electronic news gathering (ENG) flight was departing at the time in visual meteorological conditions. No flight plan had been filed.

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