NTSB Identification: WPR14LA084
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 01, 2014 in Boulder City, NV
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER EC 130 B4, registration: N133GC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 1, 2014 about 1507 Pacific standard time, a Eurocopter EC-130, N133GC, landed hard during an autorotation, while on short final at the Boulder City Municipal Airport (BVU), Boulder City, Nevada. The commercial pilot was the sole person on board and was not injured. The helicopter came to rest on its right side and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and tail boom. The aircraft was registered to Zuni LLC, and operated by Papillon Airways, Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the postmaintenance check flight. No flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed about 1457.

In a written statement, the pilot reported that she completed the post-maintenance operational check flight and was on short final to BVU, about 200 feet above the ground with an airspeed of 40 to 50 knots. Shortly thereafter, the fuel pressure indicator light illuminated and the engine "flamed out". The pilot stated that she lowered the collective to initiate an autorotation, but did not have the airspeed to successfully complete it.

The helicopter's tailboom impacted the ground first during the accident sequence, followed by the hard landing. The helicopter's skids separated and the fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The helicopter was relocated to a secured area for further examination.

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