Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2001 Issue

September 29, Hilo, Hawaii / Bell 206B

At 14:23 Hawaiian time, a Bell 206B lost engine power and made a forced landing about five miles south of Hilo. The pilot and two passengers were not injured and two passengers suffered minor injuries. The Part 135 sightseeing flight had departed three minutes earlier. The pilot reported a bang and a loss of engine power. A turbine wheel was missing from the engine. The helicopter had been flown about 50 hours since the wheel had been changed and the turbine seal had been replaced the morning of the accident....

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