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FAA INCIDENT DATA SYSTEM REPORT


General Information

Data Source:                   FAA INCIDENT DATA SYSTEM
   Report Number:                 19980807041839G
   Local Date:                    08/07/1998
   Local Time:                    09:30
   City:                          GRAND FORKS                        
   State:                         ND
   Airport Name:                  GRAND FORKS INTL                          
   Airport Id:                    GFK
   Event Type:                    INCIDENT - GENERAL AVIATION
   Mid Air Collision:             NOT A MIDAIR

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Damage:               MINOR
   Phase of Flight:               POWER ON VERTICAL LANDING/ROTORCRAFT
   Aircraft Make/Model:           SNIAS AS-350-BA                
   Airframe Hours:                5225
   Operator Code:                     
   Operator:                                                              
   Owner Name:                                                  

Narrative

(-5)ON 08-07-98 AT 1430 CDT, A EUROCOPTER, N189ND, OWNED BY THE 
   UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA AND FLOWN BY RONALD DEPUE ENCOUNTERED DAMAGE 
   TO THE TAIL ROTOR BLADES DURING A TRAINING FLIGHT AT GRAND FORKS, ND. 
   WHILE PRACTICING LANDINGS THE TAIL ROTOR STRUCK A PLASTIC TRAFFIC CONE 
   USED TO IDENTIFY THE LANDING ZONE.  A POST FLIGHT INSPECTION REVEALED 
   DAMAGE TO THE TAIL ROTOR ASSEMBLY WHICH WAS DETERMINED TO BE 
   UNAIRWORTHY BE THE MANUFACTURER.  

Detail

Primary Flight Type:           INSTRUCTION
   Secondary Flight Type:         TRAINING
   Type of Operation:             GENERAL OPERATING RULES
   Registration Number:           189ND
   Total Aboard:                  2
   Fatalities:
   Injuries:
   Landing Gear:                  NONRETRACT CONVENTIONAL
   Aircraft Weight Class:         UNDER 12501 LBS
   Engine Make:                   TMECA 
   Engine Model:                  ARRIEL1B     
   Engine Group:                  ARRIEL
   Number of Engines:             1
   Engine Type:                   TURBOSHAFT

Environmental/Operations Information

Primary Flight Conditions:     UNKNOWN
   Secondary Flight Conditions:   UNKNOWN
   Wind Direction (deg):            
   Wind Speed (mph):                
   Visibility (mi):               
   Visibility Restrictions:       
   Light Condition:               DAY
   Flight Plan Filed:             NONE
   Approach Type:                 

Pilot-in-Command

Pilot Certificates:            AIRLINE TRANSPORT
   Pilot Rating:                  ROTORCRAFT/HELICOPTER/AIRPLANE SINGLE, MULTI-ENGINE LAND
   Pilot Qualification:           UNKNOWN, FOREIGN PILOT

   Flight Time (Hours)

   Total Hours:                   8100
   Total in Make/Model:           227
   Total Last 90 Days:            165
   Total Last 90 Days Make/Model: 165