Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2010 Issue

April 9, 2010, Santa Maria, Calif., Bell 222U

At about 0124 Pacific time, the helicopter was substantially damaged while preparing for takeoff. Neither the airline transport pilot nor the two flight nurses were injured. Visual night conditions prevailed. One of the tail rotor blades had been strapped to the helicopterís tail boom. Following the pilotís engine-start operation, as the tail rotor began rotating, the tie-down strap broke.

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