On April 25, 2006, approximately 1200 local time, a Garlick Helicopters UH-1H, N126AC, impacted the terrain during an emergency landing near Sarawak, Malaysia. There were seven individuals on board, none of which received significant injuries, and the aircraft, which was being operated by Erickson Air Crane, of Central Point, Oregon, for local transportation of personnel in support of logging operations, sustained substantial damage. The aircraft was being operated in visual meteorological conditions.

According to the operator, the helicopter was in cruise flight about 1,000 feet above the ground (agl) at 95 knots when the pilot detected a high-frequency vibration. The pilot then headed for a nearby road in order to make a precautionary landing, and during that sequence the aircraft pitched nose down, and the pilot executed an autorotation. During the landing on the road, the helicopter rotated 90 degrees to the right, the left skid collapsed, and the aircraft rolled over onto its side.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Malaysia, and any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Mr. Hyder Shukor
Department of Civil Aviation
3rd-5th Floor Block B, Wisma Semantan
12, Jalan Gelenggang Bukit Damansara
50618 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone (60) 3-253 9600
FAX (60) 3-253 9533

This report is for informational purposes only, and contains information released by the government of Malaysia.

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