Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2011 Issue

March 2, 2011, Birmingham, Ala., Bell 206-L4

At 1756 Central time, the helicopter was force-landed during a post-maintenance test flight. Day visual conditions prevailed. The solo airline transport pilot was not injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom section just aft of the cabin. According to the pilot, the engine governor was replaced earlier in the day and the test flight was to confirm proper inflight settings.

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