NTSB Identification: WPR13IA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Friday, October 19, 2012 in Dolan Springs, AZ
Aircraft: AGUSTA A119, registration: N207CF
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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On October 19, 2012, about 2215 mountain standard time, an Agusta A119 helicopter, N207CF, sustained minor damage while standing, following a collision with a moving vehicle about 17 nautical miles northwest of Dolan Springs, Arizona. The Emergency Medical Services helicopter was registered to and operated by TriState CareFlight, of Bullhead City, Arizona. The pilot, flight nurse and paramedic on board the helicopter, as well as individuals in the moving vehicle were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the collision. The helicopter, which was originating at the time of the event, was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a company flight plan was active. The helicopter's planned destination was Kingman, Arizona.

In an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), the company’s Director of Operations (DO) reported that the helicopter had been dispatched earlier in the day to the site of a vehicle accident to retrieve injured personnel for transport to a nearby medical facility. After its arrival and shutting down, the helicopter crew was informed that their services would not be needed, at which time the crew prepared to return to their home base. The DO stated that in the process of preparing to depart the area the paramedic, while outside of the helicopter, conferred with an Arizona Director of Public Service (DPS)officer to ensure that the local highway remained blocked until the helicopter had departed. After the engine was started and rotation came up to 100 percent, the paramedic boarded the helicopter in preparation for departure. The DO further stated that as the pilot was about to bring the helicopter up to a hover, he noticed off to his left that a cubed van truck was moving forward around the left side of the helicopter. The truck subsequently struck the helicopter's main rotor blades, which resulted in minor damage to the helicopter.

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