NTSB Identification: WPR11GA431
14 CFR Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load
Accident occurred Sunday, September 04, 2011 in Tehachapi, CA
Aircraft: BELL 205, registration: N205WW
Injuries: 1 Minor.

: 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 public aircraft accident report.

On September 4, 2011, about 1500 Pacific daylight time, a Bell 205 A1, N205WW, landed hard during an off field emergency autorotation near Tehachapi, California. The Kern County Fire Department was operating the helicopter as a public-use fire suppression flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 133. The commercial rated pilot sustained minor injuries; the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom from impact forces. A company visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had been filed for the local flight.

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