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NTSB Identification: CEN18LA260
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, July 06, 2018 in Bentley, IL
Aircraft: Bell 206, registration: N224KM
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 July 6, 2018, about 1715 central daylight time, a Bell 206B helicopter, N224KM, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Bentley, Illinois. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Woodley Aerial Leasing LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which departed about 1705 from a load truck near Bentley, Illinois.

According to the pilot, he departed the load truck and flew about 1.5 miles east to an application area. While in a turn, he noticed the fuel pressure light illuminate. After initiating a climb, he stated the fuel quantity gage indicated 15 gallons and the fuel pressure gage indicated 0 pounds per square inch. The pilot initiated an autorotation in preparation for a forced landing. During touchdown, the helicopter nosed over, which damaged the main and tail rotors.