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NTSB Narrative 


NTSB Identification: CEN19FA018
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 29, 2018 in Odanah, WI
Aircraft: Aerospatiale AS350, registration: N910S
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 29, 2018, about 1345 central standard time, an Airbus (Eurocopter) AS350B3 helicopter, N910S, impacted terrain near Odanah, Wisconsin. The commercial rated pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Enbridge Energy Company, Inc, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 observation fight. The flight departed Gogebic-Iron County Airport (IWD), Ironwood, Michigan about 1300 for the pipeline patrol, en route to Superior, Wisconsin.

When the pilot did not show at his next destination, an ALNOT was issued for the overdue helicopter. The pilot was not in contact with air traffic control and there was no record of a distress call.

The helicopter wreckage was located about 22 miles west of IWD, in a remote, wooded area and about 200 yds north of the east-west pipeline route. 

The helicopter impacted trees and terrain, before coming to rest in an upright position. A post-crash fire consumed most of the cabin. After an documentation of the accident site, the helicopter was recovered for further examination.
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