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Non-Federal Aerial Accidents

AERIAL GUNNING ACCIDENT REPORT
PRIVATE and STATE ENTITIES

Wendy Keefover-Ring WildEarth Guardians, 1973-2009 (Last updated: February 2010)

Accident and Injury Summary

No Injuries: 22 accidents with no injuries1
Minor Injuries: 17
Serious Injuries: 22
Fatal Injuries: 28

Total Accidents: 58
Total Injuries/Fatalities: 67


DATE CITY, STATE INJURY RECORD DESCRIPTION TYPE OF AIRCRAFT & ENGINE
2/25/09 O'Donnell, TX
NTSB Report
Minor
None
Crew were hunting coyotes when they came across wild hogs -- attempted to move them -- maneuvers caused loss of power. Robinson Helicopter R22 Beta
10/30/08 Powder River, WY
NTSB Report
Minor
None
Helicopter malfunctioned and forced a hard landing on hillside while coyote hunting. Hiller UH-12E
4/11/08 Denio, NV
NTSB Report
None
None
Gunner shot and injured a coyote. As the pilot circled over the animal at ~20' feet, the helicopter's engine failed. Bell 47G-3B-1
7/30/07 Wasta, SD
NTSB Report
Minor
Minor
State of SD. Down draft prevented the plane from gaining altitude after killing a coyote at low altitude. Christen A-1 Husky
7/13/07 Jordan, MT
NTSB Report
None
None
Pilot attempted to land on a narrow ridge above coyote den, but "hit the ground hard and bounced back into the air." Plane plunged into a wash and damaged the craft. Piper PA-18-150
2/1/07 Glennallen, AK
NTSB Report
Minor
None
Wolf hunt. Pilot failed to maintain adequate airspeed during descent. Piper PA-12
5/19/05 Lodgepole, SD
NTSB Report
Serious
Minor
State of SD. While hunting coyotes, pilot made a 360 degree left turn that caused him to encounter wind turbulence from his own plane's wake. The plane was flying low to the ground and thus could not recover. The plane struck the ground twice. Aviat A-1B
8/25/03 Ozona, TX
NTSB Report
Minor
Minor
While hovering above the ground at 25', helicopter crashed. Crew was hunting feral hogs. Robinson R22Beta
7/15/03 Zurich, MT
NTSB Report
Serious
Serious
While engaged in a turn while flying slowly, the plane stalled and crashed and the landing gear failed. Piper PA-18A
2/20/03 Garryowen, MT (Crow Reservation)
NTSB Report
Fatal
Serious
Attempting to hunt coyotes at low flight hindered mobility. Piper PA-22-150
3/25/02 Ft. Peck, MT
NTSB Report
Serious
Serious
During coyote control flight, the passenger "inadvertently discharged a semiautomatic 12-guage shotgun" which struck the wing and aileron assembly. Piper PA-18-150
3/30/00 Eureka, SD
NTSB Report
None
None
State of SD. While coyote hunting, a shotgun shell lodged in controls. PA3 J-3C
5/22/99 Baggs, WY
NTSB Report
None
None
While landing to pick up shot coyote, a hard landing severed the tail of the helicopter. 1976 Enstrom 280c Helicopter
5/8/99 Lander, WY
NTSB Report
Fatal
Fatal
Plane crashed en route to ranch for coyote hunting expedition by unknown circumstances. Piper PA-11
5/11/98 Artesian, SD
NTSB Report
Minor
Minor
State of SD. Flying at 150' when the "stick went limp." Windshear suspected. Piper PA-18-150
12/5/96 Cohagen, MT
NTSB Report
Fatal
Fatal
Probable cause: flying underspeed and overweight. Piper PA18-135
9/19/96 Gillette, WY
NTSB Report
Fatal
Serious
State of WY. Flying at 40' chasing a fox. Plane hit a power line. Piper PA-18 Lycoming 0-320
4/18/96 Silver City, TX
NTSB Report
None
None
Craft hovering above brush when it lost lift due to changing winds and crashed. Schweizer 269C Helicopter
3/21/95 Gail, TX
NTSB Report
Serious
Serious
Wing caught thermal draft during a turn -- flying 200' off the ground. Piper PA-18 Lycoming 0-320
2/1/95 El Indio, TX
NTSB Report
Minor
Minor
Minor
Flying at 25' from ground chasing a bobcat when the tail rotor caught a gust of wind. Bell 47G-4A, N6SR Lycoming VO540B1B3
7/8/93 Laramie, WY
NTSB Report
Fatal
Serious
While chasing a coyote, the craft abruptly pulled up, stalled and crashed. Piper PA12
9/29/90 Albany, TX
NTSB Report
None
Minor
Helicopter flying at low altitude when it lost power. Robinson R22Beta
3/4/90 Pine Ridge, SD
NTSB Report
Fatal
Minor
Low altitude flight. Craft stalled, crashed and burned. Champion 7EC
2/14/88 Circle, MT
NTSB Report
None
None
While landing to pick up shot coyote, plane nosed over in deep snow. Piper J3C-65
12/26/86 Lewistown, MT
NTSB Report
Fatal
Fatal
Burned, wrecked aircraft found 3 days after it left for a coyote hunting trip. Piper PA-18-150
12/6/86 Havre, MT
NTSB Report
Serious
Minor
Pilot stalled craft -- flying 20' off the ground. Piper PA-18-150
10/8/86 Richey, MT
NTSB Report
Serious
Serious
While in a turn, craft impacted the ground. Piper J3C-65
12/25/84 Imlay, NV
NTSB Report
Fatal
Fatal
Witnesses saw craft flying low and slow prior to crash. Piper PA-18-150
12/1/83 Herreid, SD
NTSB Report
None
None
Pilot ran into a creek bed during landing to pick up (shot and killed) coyote. Piper PA-18A 150
1/6/83 Sula, MT
NTSB Report
Fatal
Serious
On coyote hunt. White-out conditions. Bell 206B
2/13/82 Plentywood, MT
NTSB Report
Minor
None
Crashed while hunting coyotes at night. Piper PA-18
1/15/82 Near Malta, ID
NTSB Report
Minor/None Hooked snowboard on sagebrush while chasing a coyote; helicopter rolled upon ground impact. HUGHES 269C
11/17/81 Craig, CO
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Made downwind pass while shooting a coyote. RPM decayed and forced to land; skid broke upon hitting root upon landing. HILLER UH12E
1/19/80 Kelton, VT
NTSB Report
Serious
Fatal
Aircraft crashed during low level flight while hunting coyotes. Piper PA-18
1/4/80 Las Animas, CO
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Pilot and passenger were hunting coyotes from air; claimed engine failed; no engine problem found. Piper PA-18
12/23/77 Gordon, NE
NTSB Report
Fatal
Fatal
Pilot failed to obtain or maintain flying speed while hunting coyotes in gusting winds. LUSCOMBE 8E
3/15/77 American Falls, ID
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Hunting coyotes; flew below top of ridge and unable to climb. Continued into canyon and unable to turn around. TAYLORCRAFT BC12D
1/24/77 Ennis, MT
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
While coyote hunting, helicopter encountered whirlwind. Hovered at 20' and then set craft down. BELL 47G3B1
1/3/77 Glasgow, MT
NTSB Report
Minor/None Coyote hunting; pilot stated that the battery shorted because of objects in baggage compartment and other problems. PIPER PA-18
12/29/76 Tecumseh, NE
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Low-level flight in conjunction with coyote hunt. Stalled on leeward side of trees. BELLANCA 7ECA
11/21/76 Geyser, MT
NTSB Report
Serious
Fatal
Coyote hunting. Pilot failed to maintain flying speed. BELLANCA 7GCBC
3/27/76 Reed, OK
NTSB Report
Fatal
Serious
Stalled during steep turn at low altitude while chasing a coyote. PIPER J3C
1/22/76 Willard, NM
NTSB Report
Fatal
Serious
Coyote hunting. Pilot's attention diversted. PIPER PA-18
1/13/76 Red Bluff, CA
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Coyote hunting. CESSNA 180
1/8/76 Geraldine, MT
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Hunting coyotes; nosed over in deep snow. PIPER PA-18
12/9/74 Wray, CO
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Coyote hunting. Pilot failed to maintain flying speed. BELLANCA 7GCBC
6/13/74 Miles City, MT
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Minor/None
Minor/None
Coyote hunting; fuel warning light followed shortly by engine failure. No de-icer additive in fuel; temp -6 degrees F. BELL 206B
6/13/74 Laramie, WY
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Predator control; damaged right wing. Piper PA-18
5/26/74 Bill, WY
NTSB Report
Fatal
Fatal
Coyote hunting. Pilot's attention diverted. PIPER PA-18
3/30/74 Gouldbusk, TX
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Minor/None
Returning to ranch at low altitude following Coyote hunt; lost power during pull up over power lines. HILLER ACFT UH-12A
1/27/74 Hammond, MT
NTSB Report
Fatal
Fatal
Coyote hunting. Pilot's attention diverted. BELLANCA 7GCBC
12/16/73 Grainola, OK
NTSB Report
Fatal
Fatal
Coyote hunting; low speed pass over a coyote. AERONCA 7BCM
7/12/73 Alpine, TX
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
Jammed flight controls while coyote hunting. Investigation revealed 4 shell cases under seat at cyclic control mechanism. HUGHES 269A
6/13/73 Quemado, TX
NTSB Report
Fatal
Fatal
Believed coyote hunting. Piper PA-18
4/9/73 Baker, NV
NTSB Report
Fatal
Serious
While hunting coyotes, lost control in low steep turn. Piper PA-18
2/24/73 Weston, ID
NTSB Report
Serious
Minor/None
Coyote hunting. Piper PA-18
2/22/73 Hanna, WY
NTSB Report
Minor/None
Minor/None
While hunting coyotes, pilot flew too low for recovery. Hughes 269A
1/11/73 McLaughlin, SD
NTSB Report
Serious
Serious
Coyote hunting; throttled back; began turn; added power due to rising terrain and engine sputtered. Piper PA-18

1We included in this category all the incidents (1973 to 1982) where NTSB did not distinguish between "minor" or no injuries.

Sources: Freedom of Information Act Requests received by Sinapu from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, and/or the National Transportation Safety Board's website (http://www.ntsb.gov).