The DBS Helicopters Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III helicopter in Silt, Colorado, that got tangled in power cables doing Holy Cross Energy powerline inspections crashed, killing the pilot and crew.
The accident occurred at 11:20 a.m. where the shared Holy Cross and Xcel Energy power lines cross Dry Hollow Road about 1.6 miles south of Silt. There were witnesses who saw the accident and attempted to help.
The poles that were being inspected were fifty feet high, and the helicopter was supposed to be flying thirty feet over that.
The small fifty-foot debris field is on rough hilly terrain.
Owner and chief pilot for DBS Helicopters, Doug Sheffer died in the accident. He had 22 years and 8,000 hours of flight time. Larry Shaffer who worked for Holy Cross Energy and Christopher Gaskill who worked for HotShot Infrared Inspections were also fatalities. They were filming the trouble spots along the route, and recording the locations on GPS.
I do not want to diminish the tragedy of this accident by saying that helicopter accidents such as this are common, but I will say they happen too frequently, even when the pilot has significant experience flying in mountain terrain, and rescue.
An Oulton Investments Pty Ltd Cessna 182A Skyline was en route to fly for a skydiving company that hired the plane for a Christmas party at the Flame Lily Adventures park. A Santa Skydiving event was planned. While en route, the plane struck four electricity transmission lines, cutting power to 1600 homes.
The plane crashed in Barrum Heads, Queensland north of Hervey Bay, and caught on fire. Three fire crews responded to put out the blaze as well as three police crews, including an inspector and the forensic crash unit. The 59 year old pilot died in the crash.
According to the ATSB:
The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a Cessna 182A aircraft (registration VH-SBG) that occurred near Burrum Heads, Queensland on 17 December 2012.
Update 18 December 2012
ATSB investigators arrived on the accident site this morning.
The investigators are seeking witness reports including any video footage that might assist the investigation. Witnesses can call the ATSB on 1800 020 616.
17 December 2012
It was reported that the aircraft struck a powerline before colliding with terrain. The pilot—the only person on board the aircraft—died in the accident.
Four ATSB investigators (with specialisations in engineering and aircraft operations) are expected to arrive on the accident site tomorrow morning.
Over the next three days of the on-site investigation, the team will be interviewing witnesses and examining the wreckage and accident site, including the powerline.
More information will be posted on this page as it comes to hand.
What: OH-6A helicopter Where: Atlanta When: Nov 4, 2012 Who: 2 fatalities Why: Pilot Richard J. Halford, 48, and tactical flight officer Shawn A. Smiley, 40 were killed when the low-flying police helicopter they were in hit a power line, fell to a city street and exploded. The officers were searching for a nine year old boy who was later found. The chopper did not hurt anyone on the ground.
Witnesses heard the helicopter and saw a flash of light when the chopper hit the pole. The chopper’s landing gear was caught in the support cables. The power company assisted authorities in getting it down.
The helicopter has been moved to a secure location as investigators work to piece together what happened.
What: Gobierno del Edo de Michoacan Bell 407 Where: lago Zirahuén Mexico When: Sept 18, 2012 Who: 5 aboard, 1 fatality Why: The Helicopter was filming a promotional tourism video when it crashed in Lake Zirahuen. Four aboard were injured. There was one fatality.
The aircraft became entangled with a tension wire, used as ziplining.
Despite the rumor, no members of the cast of “The Academy’ television show were aboard. The rumor appeared apparently after tweets immediately following the accident.
The injured were reported as Enrique Barragán, Carlos Vela, Pablo Gabriel Angulo and Luis Fernando Gutiérrez. Daniel Martinez was initially reported as missing, then later as a fatality.
THe helicopter is owned by the State of Michoacan.
What: Schroeder Fire Balloons G34/24 Where: Villiers-Saint-Denis, Aisne France When: May 13th, 2012, 7:00 Who: 4 aboard, 2 fatalities Why: Fifteen minutes after takeoff, the craft struck power lines and crashed.
The basket caught fire immediately after touching the power line, instantly killing the pilot of the balloon and a sixty year old passenger.
Two brothers aged 20 and 24, were flown by helicopter to Percy hospital in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine). One of them is badly burned. One brother who clung to the fabric of the balloon was injured by the fall over Charly-sur-Marne.
Thirty firemen and thirty policemen were on the scene.
What: Cessna C-210 Where: Airport Road near Pastoral Center St. Charles Borromeo, Romeoville, near Lewis University Airport When: June 26, 2011, 2:49 p.m. Who: Pilot Victor Pantaleo and passenger Why: After experiencing engine problems on taking off from the Brookeridge Airpark in Downers Grove, the pilot was attempting to return to the airport, when the plane struck trees before impacting the ground front of St. Charles Barromeo Pastoral Center in Romeoville. The plane took down powerlines when it crashed.
The passenger was half ejected from the plane, and rescuers had to disengage him but he survived. Pantaleo was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and was pronounced dead.
Firefighters from the Lockport Township Fire Department responded to the crash.
The NTSB is investigating.
The mass for Panatelo was held at at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
What: Colombian Police Bell UH-1 Huey en route from La Salina to Yopal Where: La Salina, Casanare Province Colombia When: June 11, 2011 Who: 11 aboard, 8 fatalities Why: In Bogata, a police Huey crashed on take-off when it became entangled with electrical cables (high voltage wires). Mechanical failure may have been involved. Seven died on the scene, and one en route.
The deceased included four helicopter crewmen (Pilot Captain Manuel Niño Nestor Acosta, co-pilot Lt. Fuentes Fabián Meneses and technical sub Leandro Mayor Sanchez) and four members of the police anti-narcotics service (Gutierrez Mendoza Eimer, John Contreras Lobo, John Jewel Delgado, Wilson Germain Medina Correa Delgado and Castillo). Four surviving narcotics officers (Miguel Ochoa Assistant Parrado, Domingo Gamarra Roso, Orlando Castillo and Jose Jaimes Torres Vesga) have been hospitalized.
What: Japanese Coast Guard Bell 412EP “Akizuru” Where: off Kagawa, Shikoku Japan When: August 8 2010 Who: 5 occupants 4 fatalities Why: Akizuru hit offshore power lines and crashed into the sea. The five member crew was missing; but the remains of 4 were found by searchers. One is still missing.
What: Air Unique Inc Cessna 310R registration en route from Palo Alto to Hawthorne Municipal Airport in Southern California Where: Palo Alto When: Feb 17 2010 Who: 3 dead (passengers) employees of Tesla Motors Why: After takeoff, over a residential neighborhood, the Cessna either struck a 100-foot electrical tower or clipped its power transmission line, causing the plane to burst into flames, fragment and crash.
A wing fell on a residential day care, and debris scattered on houses and cars in the neighborhood, and the crash caused a power outage in Palo Alto.
What: Robinson R44 Raven II Helicopter Where: Baie-Comeau, 700 kilometres northeast of Montreal on a sandbar in the middle of the Franquelin River When: Thursday November 12, 2 pm Who: 58-year-old man and two women in their thirties Why: Investigators are looking into into whether or not the helicopter struck a power line. A “hydro line” not far from the crash was severed and the crash caused a power outage in Godbout-Franquelin.
The pilot died and the two seriously hurt passengers were taken to Quebec City hospital.
What: Piasecki PV-18 en route from Adelanto to Flabob Where: Highway 395, one mile south of Adelanto Airport, CA When: Nov 7, 2009, 8:30 a.m. Who: 3 fatalities Why: After takeoff, the helicopter struck power lines and caught afire.
The helicopter (owned by Joseph William Pike of Victorville CA) was a vintage military aircraft built in 1951. The crash destroyed the helicopter, and there were no survivors.
What: Six-passenger Piper en route from Jones Riverside Airport to Dallas Where: Chandler Park in West Tulsa When: 10:40 a.m., Saturday Sept 5 minutes after takeoff Who: Two men, a woman and two girls Tulsa doctor Stephen Lester, his wife Dana, two teenage daughters, Laura, 16 and Christina, 13. and Dr. Kenneth Veteto Why: Just after takeoff in rainy, foggy conditions, the plane hit a cable attached to a telecommunications tower, crashed, broke up and caught on fire. When the plane hit, the wings came off. The plane flipped several times. The family and a friend had been going to the University of Oklahoma football game. Dr Veteto leaves a wife and two children.
Two more of the family’s children were not on the plane.
What: dell’eliambulanza medical emergency service helicopter Where: Mount Cristallo/ Mount Faloria near Cortina d’Ampezzo Ski Resort When: Saturday, 22nd August 2009 Who: 4 people on board: two engineers (co-pilot Marco Zago and Stefano da Forno), a doctor (Spaziani Fabrizio) and the pilot (Dario De Felipe) Why: The helicopter appeared to have hit a high voltage cable while flying in bad weather. The helicopter was in the process of responding to landslide near Rio Gere, towards Passo Tre Croci. Continued bad weather hampered recovery efforts.
This would have been Zago’s last mission before transferring to another job.
The remains have been recovered, however, and were taken to the hospitap mortuary in Cortina Codivilla. This hazardous area frequently requires mountain rescue services.
What: R44 Astro Helicopter en route to Nelson in rural Butte County Where: Near Yuba River, Marysville, California When: 07/13/2009 at 1700 hrs Who: 3 crew members aboard Why: N244HP, A ROBINSON R44 ROTORCRAFT, STRUCK A POWERLINE AND FORCE LANDED on its side 10 MILES FROM MARYSVILLE, CA on the bank of the South Yuba River.
Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, seeking $50,000 in damages, Pawel Jakub Batura filed a four-count suit claiming wrongful death and negligence on behalf of the estate of Stanley and Monika Niemiec casualties of the Jan. 29 crash. Defendants are Chicago-based American Polish Aero Club and Wesvin Inc., the FAA-registered owner of the aircraft. The suit claims Aero Club negligence on the following points:
failure to properly inspect the engines;
failure to perform adequate pre-flight preparations and inspections;
failure to plan proper communication during the flight;
failure to safely operate the plane;
failure to keep the plane on the flight path;
failure to properly monitor the engine.
Click Here to view the full quality photo on www.airliners.net contact Photographer Alex McMahon What: Wesvin Inc Piper PA-34 Where: KENOVA, W.Va 1.5 miles from the Wayne County airport When: after 1 p.m. Jan 30 2009 Who: Pilot and six passengers were killed in the crash Why: The plane was low on fuel and made a sudden 180-degree turn before losing contact with controllers at Tri-State. The plane struck struck a 345-kilovolt distribution line.
The wings are broken; the propellor separated and propeller blade is missing.
What: “experimental high wing” or home-built single-engine plane registered to William McDuffie of Louisiana Where: East Texas near a landfill between Longview and Kilgore. When: Discovered Monday afternoon Who: Ronald Vickers of Arlington died in the crash. Death was pronounced on the scene. Why: Prior to crashing, the plane made contact with the power lines. The right wing susustained damage. Ronald Vickers was about halfway through the 350 mile trip from Oak Ridge, La to taking his newly purchased plane home to Texas. It is not known why he was flying low.
What: Cardinal Aviation’s Cessna 172 en route from Murray Airport Where: HARDIN, KY in the Old Liberty Road area of Marshall County When: 01/09/2009 7:05 EST Who: Pilot was killed. Donald Bunting of Murray. Why: The FAA says the Cessna 172 hit a power line
What: single-engine Piper Cherokee registered to Offshore Flight School Inc Where: near White Plains Beach, near Kalaeloa, the former Barbers Point the former Barbers Point, Hawaii When: 11:46 a.m. Who: two women and a man were injured in the crash. The official opinion of the pilot is that she did a good job in not stalling the plane. Why: The pilot reported steering problems shortly after takeoff. The plane was flying practice routes around Kalaeloa and lost power on departure. On attempting an emergency landing, the plane flew through power lines, plunged through trees that broke off the aircraft’s wings and crashed just outside the runway area.
Offshore Flight School gives flight lessons to Japanese tourists.
What: Helicopter subcontracting for ElectraNet, which operates the state’s high-voltage transmission lines. flying between rows of 10m-high powerlines Where: on sheep-grazing land near Wagenknecht Rd, about 8km north of Murray Bridge. When: 11.54 am Who: ETSA sub-contractors flown to Flinders Medical Centre by the Adelaide Bank Rescue Helicopter. Why: a rotor blade struck the cables and sent the helicopter hurtling to the ground. One blade snapped off and landed about 100m away. The tail section broke off.
What: Piper Saratoga PA-32 registered to Women’s Medicine Incorporated of Jacksonville Beach, Florida (but the plane was recently sold) ) from Craig Airport in Jacksonville, after stopping at DeKalb Peachtree Airport en route to Coldwater, Mich. Where: went down in a neighborhood near Interstate 285 just north of Atlanta. When: 2 p.m. Tuesday. Sept 23 Who: The pilot is dead. No one else was injured. Why: The plane appeared to clip power lines and trees as it went down.
What: Skyline Aviation Robinson 44 Helicopter Where: 20 kilometres northwest of Napier When: Monday Sept 15 Who: relief pilot for the service for five years Why:Pilot who flew into some overhead wires and crashed while while spraying blackberry farm, was trapped beneath the wrecked helicopter with a punctured lung, a broken arm and fuel burns. His condition is critical, and he is in intensive care in Hawke’s Bay Hospital
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