Preliminary Report: Surveillance flight lands hard

 - December 31, 2008, 7:24 AM

Bell OH-58C, Quitman, Ark., Nov. 16, 2008–A passenger in the OH-58C was killed but the commercial pilot uninjured when the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission helicopter landed hard in a field. The night surveillance flight supported ground personnel searching for “spot-lighters” illegally hunting deer at night. The pilot, who was wearing night vision goggles, was hovering at 150 feet agl when the low rotor rpm light came on. He couldn’t recover and the Bell hit the ground in a nose-low, left-bank attitude.