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Aircraft Accident Report Crash During Takeoff of Carson Helicopters, Inc. Firefighting Helicopter Under Contract to the U.S. Forest Service Sikorsky S‐61N, N612AZ Near Weaverville, California

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This accident summary report discusses the August 5, 2008, accident involving a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter, N612AZ, which impacted trees and terrain during the initial climb after takeoff from Helispot 44 (H-44), located at an elevation of about 6,000 feet in mountainous terrain near Weaverville, California. The pilot-in-command, the safety crewmember, and seven firefighter ...more
ebook, 175 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by National Transportation Safety Board

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From reading of this report and the investigation undertaken by the Contracting Officer at the US Forest Service, it does appear that Carson Helicopters committed a number of activities that were the cause of the accident. Understating the empty weight of the accident helicopter, as well as almost all the other helicopters that Carsons provided to the USFS; using modified aircraft performance charts; and unauthorized upward performance estimates.

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