posted on Jul, 6 2016 @ 11:00 PM
Another accident in the Bell 525R Relentless program has led to the flight crew being killed. The first prototype, which began the flight test program
crashed approximately 75 miles Southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. The aircraft has been flying out of the Bell facility in Amarillo.
The 525 would be the first commercial helicopter with a full fly by wire flight control system. The type is expected to enter service next year.
In 2012, a Bell 214ST was flying with the transmission and rotor components of the 525. The crew made a right turn, and heard a bang from the
aircraft. The chase aircraft reported something coming off the tail boom. The flight crew was able to auto rotate down to a nearby field, but the
aircraft yawed right and rolled as they were landing.