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Tail numberN147MD
Accident dateMay 22, 2009
Aircraft typeGauchat Safari
LocationRock Springs, AZ
Near 34.0425 N, -112.149444 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On May 22, 2009, about 1330 mountain standard time (MST), an experimental homebuilt helicopter, Gauchat Safari, N147MD, impacted terrain following a loss of the main rotor blades near Rock Springs, Arizona. The builder/pilot was operating the helicopter under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot and one passenger were killed. The helicopter was destroyed by impact forces and the post crash fire. The local personal flight departed Rock Springs about 1325, with a planned destination of Phoenix, Arizona. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

Witnesses reported that the helicopter had just departed from a parking lot 0.3 nautical miles north of the accident site. They observed the helicopter flying southbound parallel to highway 17, when the main rotor blades departed the helicopter, and then it fell to the ground.

An inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene. He found in the debris field both main rotor blades, one push pull control tube, and an operating handheld GPS unit.

The helicopter wreckage was recovered for further examination.

(c) 2009-2011 Lee C. Baker. For informational purposes only.