On May 1, 2018, about 1700 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson R-22 Beta II, N7526S, impacted terrain while maneuvering near Scappoose/ Sauvie Island, Oregon. The commercial pilot was seriously injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Hillsboro Aero Academy, LLC as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated on a visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from Aurora State Airport, Aurora, Oregon, about 1639 with an intended destination of Portland-Hillsboro Airport, Portland, Oregon.
The National Transportation Safety Board Investigator-in-Charge was unable to obtain an initial statement from the pilot due to the extent of his injuries. The helicopter was recovered to a secure location for further examination.