National Transportation Safety Board
Aviation Incident Preliminary Report

 

 

Location:

Johnson Valley, CA

Incident Number:

DCA20IA081A

Date & Time:

02/06/2020, 1200 PST

Registration:

N611TC

Aircraft:

AEROSPATIALE AS350BA

Injuries:

2 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation

 

On February 6, 2020, about 1200 Pacific standard time (PST) an Airbus AS-350BA helicopter, registration N611TC and a Dai-Jiang Innovations (DJI) Mavic 2 Zoom small unmanned aircraft (sUAS, or drone) registration FA37NAYXP9, collided in flight while both aircraft were filming an off-road truck race near Johnson Valley, California. The helicopter received minor damage to the windscreen, the sUAS was substantially damaged. The were no injuries to the helicopter pilot or camera operator passenger. The helicopter was operated under visual flight rules by Icon Helicopters under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 and an FAA Certificate of Authorization or Waiver to 14 CFR 91.119(b) and (c). The sUAS was operated by an individual under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 107. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the incident.

 

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

AEROSPATIALE

Registration:

N611TC

Model/Series:

AS350BA No Series

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

Icon Helicopters Llc

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA); On-demand Air Taxi (135)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

DAG, 1930 ft msl

Observation Time:

1150 PST

Distance from Accident Site:

25 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

18°C / -7°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

10 knots / , 290°

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

30.1 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Johnson Valley, CA

Destination:

Johnson Valley, CA

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 None

Aircraft Damage:

Minor

Passenger Injuries:

1 None

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

2 None

Latitude, Longitude:

 

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

William R English

Additional Participating Persons:

 

Note:

The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this incident.