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Accident Report Detail

Use of Recording Devices During Experimental Flight Test Activities

Executive Summary

​​The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is providing the following information to urge the Flight Test Safety Committee (FTSC) and Bell Helicopter Textron to take action on the safety recommendations in this report. These recommendations are derived from our investigation of a July 6, 2016, accident involving an experimental research and development Bell 525 helicopter, N525TA, which broke up in flight and impacted terrain near Italy, Texas. The two test pilots received fatal injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed.1 The helicopter was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a developmental flight test. As a result of this investigation, the NTSB is issuing one safety recommendation to the FTSC and one safety recommendation to Bell Helicopter Textron.


Probable Cause

Accident Location: Italy , TX    
Accident Date: 7/6/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FA199

Date Adopted: 1/9/2018
NTSB Number: ASR-18-01
NTIS Number:  

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