On February 21, 2002, about 1200 local time, a Bell 430, VT-MPS, Bell serial no. 49035, was involved in a hard landing near Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. The helicopter was being operated by the Government of Madhya Pradesh on a training flight when the pilot reportedly experienced a no. 2 FADEC fault light followed by failure of the no. 2 engine. The no. 1 engine subsequently stopped and the pilot autorotated to a hard landing. The helicopter sustained substantial damage and all 5 persons on board reportedly suffered back pains. The aircraft was being operated in non-specified conditions under the Civil Aviation Authority, India.

Rolls Royce Corporation and Bell Helicopter TEXTRON, Inc. received invitations from the office of the Director General Civil Aviation to assist the investigator-in-charge. Investigators departed Indianapolis and Ft. Worth, respectively, February 25, serving as advisors to the U.S. Accredited Representative.

For further information, please contact:

Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
New Delhi 110 003, INDIA
Tel: 91-011-4622495 Fax: 91-011-4629221

U.S. Accredited Representative:

Thomas R. Conroy
Air Safety Investigator
National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Aviation Safety
Regional Operations and General Aviation Division, AS-20
Washington, DC 20594
Tel. 202 314-6314 / fax -6329

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