NTSB Identification: CEN13LA359
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Jonesboro, AR
Aircraft: BELL, registration: N467AE
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
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On June 19, 2013, at 1620 central daylight time, N467AE, a Bell 206L-4 helicopter, sustained substantial damage when it made a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power while on final approach to a helipad at the Jonesboro Municipal Airport (JBR), Jonesboro, Arkansas. The commercial pilot, flight nurse, and the paramedic were not injured. The helicopter was registered to a private entity and operated by Air Evac EMS, Incorporated, O'Fallon, Missouri. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the repositioning flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from the Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Giradeau, Missouri, approximately 1534.
The pilot reported that the helicopter was approximately 80-100 feet above the ground at an airspeed of 40 knots when the engine lost power. He said the power loss was similar to the engine rolling back to flight idle. The pilot said he lowered the collected to conserve rotor RPM, so there would be enough engine power for a "sliding landing." The helicopter touched down at the edge of tall grass/dirt and bounced slightly before it came to rest upright on it's skids. The helicopter's skids sustained damage and the tail boom was displaced downward so the stinger was resting on the ground.
According to operator, the helicopter and engine had accrued a total of 154.3 hours since new.
Weather at JBR at 1553 was reported as calm wind, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 4,400 feet, scattered clouds at 11,000 feet, temperature 29 degrees Celsius, dewpoint 20 degrees Celsius, and a barometric pressure setting of 30.00 inches of Mercury.
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