NTSB Identification: CEN13FA357
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Maplewood, MN
Aircraft: BELL 47G-3B-1, registration: N5024N
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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 June 19, 2013, at 0812 central daylight time, a Bell 47G-3B-1 single-engine helicopter, N5024N, impacted a residential garage while maneuvering near Maplewood, Minnesota. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. The helicopter was destroyed by impact and post-crash fire. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Scotts Helicopter Services, Inc, Le Sueur, Minnesota, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The flight originated from a remote stagging area at 0805.
According to the operator, the helicopter departed Flying Cloud Airport, Minneapolis, Minnesota, approximately 0730, and flew to a remote stagging area near Maplewood to be loaded with a mosquito control dry chemical. The helicopter was loaded with 640 pounds of dry chemical and departed the stagging area.
Witness observed the helicopter applying the chemical at one of the designated areas, which was located just south of the stagging area. The helicopter was then observed to depart that location. Additional witnesses observed the helicopter traveling south to north near the accident location. The helicopter was observed to lose altitude, turn or roll to the left, and descend. Witnesses lost sight of the helicopter behind some residential houses.
The helicopter impacted a residential garage and a post-crash fire ensued. The helicopter came to rest on its left side, and the fuselage was consumed by fire. A portable global positioning system (GPS) was located in the wreckage and sent to the NTSB Vehicle Recorders Laboratory, Washington, DC, for examination and data extraction.
At 0753, the Saint Paul Downtown Airport, Saint Paul, Minnesota, automated surface observing system, located 4 miles southwest of the accident site, reported the wind from 140 degrees at 8 knots, visibility 10 statue miles, sky clear, temperature 18 degrees Celsius, dew point 13 degrees Celsius, and an altimeter of 30.07 inches of Mercury.
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