Date: 06-JUL-2016 Time: ca 11:48 Type: Bell 525 Relentless Owner/operator: Bell Helicopters Registration: N525TA C/n / msn: 62001 Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Other fatalities: 0 Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Ellis County, TX - United States of America Phase: En route Nature: Test Departure airport: Arlington Municipal Airport, TX (GKY) Destination airport:
The Bell 525 Relentless helicopter prototype was destroyed when it impacted terrain in Ellis County, Texas.
Both pilots were killed.
Flightradar24 records show the helicopter departing Arlington at 10:39 LT (15:39 UTC). It proceeded to the south were it flew pattern at altitudes between 2000 and 3000 feet. Last data point is at 1975 feet, at a speed of 199 kts at 11:47 hours.
The Bell 525 is a newly developed helicopter by Bell that would be able carry 16-20 passengers. It first flew on July 1, 2015.