NTSB Identification: CEN13WA146
Accident occurred Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Ruthi, Switzerland
Aircraft: BELL UH1H, registration:
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On December 20, 2012, at 1523 UTC, a Bell UH-1H, Swiss registration HB-RXC, owned and operated by a private individual, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Ruthi, Switzerland, following an engine malfunction. The pilot and two passengers on board were not injured. A third passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The foreign, non-scheduled cross-country flight departed Buchs, Switzerland, and was en route to St-Gallen-Altenrhein, Switzerland.

The helicopter's T53-L-13B engine was examined under the oversight of the National Transportation Safety Board at Honeywell Aerospace, Incorporated, Phoenix, Arizona, on May 21-22, 2013.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Switzerland. Any further information regarding the investigation can be obtained from the Swiss Accident Investigation Board at:

Swiss Accident Investigation Board
Aviation Division
Aeropole 1, Route de Morens, 1530 Payerne
Telephone: +41 26 662 33 33
Facsimile: +41 26 662 33 01
E-mail: info@sust.admin.ch

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