NTSB Identification: WPR12LA022
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 27, 2011 in Colusa, CA
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS 500D, registration: N61PJ
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.


On October 27, 2011 about 1440 Pacific daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas MD-500D helicopter, N61PJ, was substantially damaged during an autorotation and forced landing about 6 miles west of Colusa, California, following a complete loss of engine power. The helicopter was owned and operated by PJ Helicopters, and was being utilized for communications cable installation and support activity for Summit Line Construction Company. The pilot received minor injuries. The work flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight.

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