NTSB Identification: CEN13FA121
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 02, 2013 in Seminole, OK
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER EC 130 B4, registration: N334AM
Injuries: 4 Serious.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 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 January 2, 2013, about 1245 central standard time, a Eurocopter EC130 B4 helicopter, N334AM, experienced a hard landing following a loss of engine power near Seminole, Oklahoma. The commercial pilot and three crew members were seriously injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was owned and operated by Air Methods, Centennial, Colorado, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company visual flight rules flight plan was filed, and activated. The flight departed from the Seminole Regional Airport (KSRE), Seminole, Oklahoma, at 1242, and was en route to a hospital in Okemah, Oklahoma.
According to initial statements, shortly after takeoff, the helicopter's engine stopped producing power. The pilot performed an autorotation to a field and during the landing, touched down hard. The helicopter remained in the upright position. After on-scene documentation, the wreckage was removed for further examination.
At 1235, an automated weather reporting facility located at the Shawnee Municipal Airport (KSNL), Shawnee, Oklahoma, reported wind from 280 degrees at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, a clear sky, temperature 39 degrees Fahrenheit (F), dew point 32 F, and a barometric pressure of 30.25 inches of mercury.
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