After Completing A Left Turn Back To The Field, The Engine Experienced A Total Loss Of Power

Location: Holtville, CA Accident Number: WPR20LA247
Date & Time: July 29, 2020, 20:45 Local Registration: N901XV
Aircraft: Bell OH58A Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On July 30, 2020, at 2045 Pacific daylight time, a Bell OH-58A helicopter, N901XV, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Holtville, California. The pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 137 agricultural flight.

The pilot stated that after his initial departure, he touched down to pick up his first load. After he completed dispersing two loads he returned back to the loader and added another load. He made a normal takeoff and completed three passes over the intended field. As he approached wires, the pilot maneuvered the helicopter into a climb and prepared to make a fourth pass. After completing a left turn back to the field, the engine experienced a total loss of power. He performed an autorotation and during the touchdown, the helicopter collided into haystacks.