Hard landing with NVGs.
PIC: Comm, Part 91.
P13 (Globe AZ).
Eurocopter AS350 AStar.
Prelim report (2 injured).

Two crew members were seriously injured on 11-04-09 during a night vision goggle (NVG) training flight, when their Eurocopter AS350 AStar helicopter landed hard. The NVG flight for an EMS operator had departed Phoenix AZ on a cross-country training flight. The pilots reported losing control of the helicopter while practicing a simulated hydraulic failure at P13 (Globe AZ). The aircraft received substantial damage in the accident. No other abnormalities were reported by the flightcrew prior to the loss of control.

Bird strike on departure.
PIC: ATP, Part 121.
MCI (Intl, Kansas City MO).
Airbus A319.
Prelim report (no injuries).

Shortly after takeoff from MCI (Intl, Kansas City MO) around 1800 on 11-14-09, an Airbus A319-111 struck a flock of birds. The aircraft systems recorded that the birds were struck while climbing through 4260 ft at 252 kts. According to the NTSB report, the right engine spooled back to flight idle. When the crew attempted to increase power on the right engine, severe compressor stalls occurred and fireballs were reported coming out of the back of the engine by passengers. The crew declared an emergency and returned to MCI.

EMS helicopter loss.
PIC: Comm, Part 91.
Doyle CA.
Eurocopter AS350 AStar.
Prelim report (3 killed).

While returning to base at approximately 0200 on 11-14-09, a Eurocopter AS350BA was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire after colliding with terrain. The EMS crew had dropped a patient off at a hospital in Reno NV and was enroute to Susanville CA. The crew made position reports every 10 minutes prior to the accident with the last radio call being garbled at 0201 and the pilot stating that the helicopter was going down. A witness reported seeing the helicopter flying straight and level then quickly descending vertically behind terrain. This was followed by a fireball.

Bird penetrates windscreen.
PIC: Comm, Part 135.
Show Low AZ.
Beech C99.
Prelim report (1 injured).

A bird crashed through the windshield of a Beech C99 on 11-04-09 at an altitude of 11,000 ft MSL approximately 20 miles west of SOW (Show Low AZ). The commercial pilot of the Part 135 cargo flight had just begun a descent when the bird made a football-size hole in the upper part of the left pilot’s windshield. The pilot received minor injuries from the bird strike with much of the bird remains and windshield entering the cockpit. VMC existed at the time of the bird strike and the pilot continued the approach to SOW with little visibility through the remaining shattered windshield. The pilot reported making radio calls with the hand microphone but was not able to hear any radio transmissions due to the wind noise in the cockpit.

Bird strike on departure.
PIC: ATP, Part 121.
PHX (Sky Harbor, Phoenix AZ).
McDonnell Douglas MD90.
Prelim report (no injuries).

While climbing through 12,000 ft MSL, a McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 struck a flock of birds 25 miles northeast of PHX (Sky Harbor, Phoenix AZ) on 11-02-09. The aircraft received substantial damage from the encounter and the crew returned to PHX and landed without further incident. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident. An 18-inch tear in the fuselage was found by maintenance personnel behind the right cockpit eyebrow window after landing.

Engine failure after liftoff.
PIC: Unreported, Part 135.
Gulf of Mexico.
Bell 206L1 LongRanger.
Prelim report (2 injured).

Shortly after lifting off from the oil drilling platform High Island A-442A in the Gulf of Mexico, a Bell 206L1 experienced a loss of engine power and impacted the water on 11-01-09. According to the NTSB report the pilot just refueled and departed with 1 passenger when the engine failure occurred. A forced landing was performed and the pilot inflated the floats just prior to impact with the water. The aircraft landed in the water then rolled inverted. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger minor injuries. The helicopter was recovered and taken to the operator’s hangar where a preliminary inspection indicates the possible cause of the engine power loss was due to a loose PC line.