NTSB Identification: WPR13LA087
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 08, 2013 in Riverdale, CA
Aircraft: BELL OH-58C, registration: N911PT
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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On January 8, 2013, about 1225 Pacific standard time, a Bell OH58, N911PT, collided with terrain near Riverdale, California. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant of the helicopter, sustained serious injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the forward portion of the fuselage and tailboom assembly. The helicopter was registered to Blair Helicopter Services, Inc., and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan had been filed for the local agricultural flight.
A representative from the operator reported that the pilot was conducting agricultural spray operations when he experienced a flight control anomaly that resulted in an uncommanded roll to the right. The helicopter continued in a right descending turn and subsequently impacted terrain.
The pilot sustained serious injuries during the accident sequence and was transported to a nearby hospital.
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