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Bell 206B JetRanger III

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Pilot: Dennis Nasca, and Passenger: Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, Atomic Cyborg, Fists of Steel (UK) (video title), Hands of Steel, An unforgiveably bad image (so sorry!).  We'll try to upload a refined image soon. This is the actual Jet Ranger, we took this photo from the movie, see the gunsmoke coming from the window.
Actual chopper (forgive us for the bad image)

Page, Arizona

N38942, crashed 12 July 1985

Killed:
Pilot: Dennis Nasca, and Passenger: Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli 

This page is still developing.  We are awaiting original NTSB photos (of which apparently only 4 were taken according to the report…see the rather poor photocopies below).  We are also awaiting the Coconino County Sheriff’s report.  We do not know if the pilot’s body was ever recovered from the river, it appears that it was not.

Any assistance or information on this tragic crash would be very much appreciated.

WRECK INFO:
Bell 206B crashed during the filming of a sci-fi movie “Hands of Steel” when it hit Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, 10 miles southwest of Page, Arizona. 

The helicopter was destroyed and the pilot and passenger were killed.

The Italian actor (Cassinelli) in the left seat was being filmed machine-gunning actors on the bridge as the helicopter passed under the bridge.  It struck a steel span under the bridge and fell in several large pieces 540 feet into the Colorado River.
The main rotor had struck the bridge 29 feet below the level of the roadway and approximately 75 feet west of the center of the bridge.  The rotors disintegrated and it crashed (and was visible) about 690 feet north of the bridge in the river.
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ctual retrieval of the main cabin was not accomplished until the 14th of July due to the swift current of the river.  The passenger (Cassinelli) was still strapped in his seat.  The pilot’s body was washed away and not recovered. 

The cabin of the helicopter appeared as if it was horizontally severed along a line from the top of the chin bubble to just below the top of the rear bulkhead.  The fuel cell was missing.  No apparent pre-impact failures were present.

The pilot’s seat belt had also been fastened and used, but his shoulder harness had not been fastened to the seat belt.

Found in the pilot’s hotel room was a prescription bottle of Ionamin (an appetite suppressant or dieting pill).  Use of this drug was thought to cause nervousness, wakefulness, errors in judgment, and psychotic reactions.  It was not to be used 24 hours before flight. 

The recovered Airspeed Indicator showed 62 MPH at impact.  Altimeter 3790 at 30.22.  Rate of Climb (VSI) was pegged at 2,000 feet per minute down during the Jet Ranger's final plunge into the river. 

Some witnesses said a “sudden gust of wind” had caught the helicopter in an updraft causing it to hit the bridge.  Others said the pilot was looking out in order to land near the film crew on the bridge and therefore distracted.

As of July 15, the pilot’s body had not been recovered.

Cause was determined to be Pilot Error.

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Bell 206B of the type used in the film
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Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River
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Crash diagram from the NTSB report
This is another bad scan (So Sorry!) from the actual movie.  This was a scene in the movie, with Hollywood gunfire coming from the side window, not long before this helicopter crashed into the bridge, N38942 flying under the bridge, the movie shows the first pass under the bridge but does not show the second fatal pass or crash, helicopter crash in arizona, navajo bridge helicopter crash in arizona, page Arizona crash, chopper crash in arizonapage Arizona crash, chopper crash in arizonapage Arizona crash, chopper crash in arizona
Actual chopper, not long before she crashed
This is another bad scan (So Sorry!) from the actual movie.  This was a scene in the movie, with Hollywood gunfire coming from the side window, not long before this helicopter crashed into the bridge, N38942 flying under the bridge, the movie shows the first pass under the bridge but does not show the second fatal pass or crash, helicopter crash in arizona, navajo bridge helicopter crash in Arizona, page Arizona crash, chopper crash in arizona
Close-up: N38942
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Photos from the NTSB accident report
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Bell 206B, workhorse of the helicopter fleet worldwide
Probably the most well-known film that Claudio Cassinelli starred in.  He sadly perished in the helicopter crash in Arizona, 1985, Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Probably the most well-known film that Claudio starred in
The original bridge (on the right) was built in 1927.  This is the one the JetRanger hit.  The bridge on the left (downriver) was completed in 1997,
The original bridge hit by the chopper, built in 1927
Claudio Cassinelli, Claudio, of Rome, Italy, was found still strapped in his seat two days after the crash in the main cabin of the JetRanger under the Colorado River, Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Claudio Cassinelli, actor killed in the crash
Another view of the old span Navajo Bridge which the Jet Ranger struck heading north, Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Scene of the spectacular crash
Also Known As: Atomic Cyborg, Fists of Steel (UK) (video title), Hands of Steel
Mani di pietra (Italy) (alternative title),
Return of the Terminator (Malaysia: English title)
Runtime: 94 min,
Country: Italy

Co-star Claudio Cassinelli died in a helicopter crash during filming in Arizona.
The story centers around a Cyborg with a conscience who goes on the run after deliberately failing his mission to assassinate a blind professor. None too impressed by this sudden humanitarian leaning however, the cyborgs' boss (John Saxon) decides to have our hero wiped out.
Meanwhile our cyborg seeks solace at a diner in the middle of the Arizona desert where he hopes to be left alone. Unfortunately, he just seems to attract trouble like a dog turd does flies and even in this desolate location he manages to get on the wrong side of some local truckers headed by big George Eastman who challenges our hero to an arm wrestling bout.
Various bar brawls and further trouble ensue until a sadistic hit-man and the corporate goons eventually catch up with our man and attempt to take care of him for good.

Action-adventure story of a half-man, half-robot programmed to kill a scientist who holds the fate of the entire human race in his hands.


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Satellite image of the crash site as it is today. The large, second bridge at bottom has been built since. The JetRanger went into the water north of the bridge.
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AP article about the crash.
Another article about Claudio Cassinelli's bet-known American film role, in "Avalanche Express", Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Another article about Claudio Cassinelli
Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Exterior Dimensions
Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Internal Dimensions
Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Comfy Interior
This JetRanger crashed during filming a movie that has had many different titles.  "Hands of Steel", "Atomic Cyborg", "Fists of Steel", "Mani di Pietra" (in Italy), "Return of the Terminator",
"Hands of Steel"
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NTSB Crash Report, page 1
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NTSB Crash Report, page 2
Overhead Diagram of crash from the NTSB accident report, Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Overhead Diagram from crash report
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NTSB Crash Report, page 3
Another view of the bridges...mind you, the larger span (furthest) was not present at the time of the crash.  It was built in the 1990s, Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Another view of the bridges
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NTSB Crash Report, Witness Statement
NTSB crash photo, we cannot make sense of it.  Appears to show some bridge span, perhaps some section of helicopter cabin in the water, the copy is just too bad to decipher, Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Original NTSB crash photo
Sunday Herald Article, July 14, 1985

Many daredevils have flown under Navajo Bridge over the decades including Wiley Post in 1930, so perhaps this isn’t the only aircraft to hit that bridge or go down in the river below…
He hit the “old bridge” (built in 1927); the newer span wasn’t built until 1997.  The old bridge is downriver of the new one by 150 feet.


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This is the section of bridge that the Bell hit.
Good view of both bridges as the are today.  The helicopter hit the original 1927 bridge on the right, Helicopter crash in arizona, Italian actor Claudio Cassinelli, “Hands of Steel”, Bell 206B crashed, Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, Arizona crash, chopper crash, N38942, Coconino County helicopter crash, Colorado river helicopter crash, JetRanger crash, JetRanger wreck
Nice view of both bridges
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Bird Colors
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Eurocopter Crash
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Arizona Air Tanker Losses (Fire Bombers)
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