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FAASTeam Notice
Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Notice Number: NOTC9567
United -States Helicopter Safety Team-Monthly Report (June 2019)
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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Monthly Safety Report

As of:  05 June 2019

Did “YOU” Know?

In the 5 years from June 2014 to June 2019, there were 108 accidents in the Aerial Application industry.  8% (9) were FATAL.  73% occurred between May— September. 

The leading causes of these accidents were:  Low Altitude Operation (4), System Component Failure-  Non-Powerplant (2), System Component Failure-Powerplant (1) , Unintended Flight Into IMC (1), and Loss of Control on the Ground (1).

Low Altitude Operation is defined as collision or near collision with obstacles/objects/terrain while intentionally operating near the surface (excludes takeoff or landing phases).

Each year the U.S. helicopter industry safely flies more than 3.2 million flight hours and every second of every flight must be handled with professionalism. 

The USHST encourages aviation safety professionals to review NTSB accident reports to fully understand the Accident Analysis, Probable Cause and Findings. (Note: NTSB Preliminary reports are posted within15 days)

To view the entire USHST Monthly Report, click on the links below: 

For any questions regarding this notice please contact Scott Tyrrell of the Rotorcraft Standardization Branch, AIR-612, at 817-222-5121 or email at