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NTSB Factual Report: Grace, ID

Location:

Grace, ID

Accident Number:

GAA19CA110

Date & Time:

01/03/20191000 MST

Registration:

N4246Z

Aircraft:

Robinson R44

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Low altitude operation/event

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The helicopter pilot reported that shortly after liftoff to the north from his property, he observed coyote tracks and "wanted to inspect." To better observe the coyote, he maneuvered at a low altitude which led him to cross over a powerline. After crossing the powerline for a third time, he spotted the coyote, turned left, took his attention off the power line, continued to turn left and the main rotor blades struck the powerline. He maintained control of the helicopter and landed without further incident.

A post accident examination revealed the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Eric M Gutierrez

Additional Participating Persons:

Robert D Lesitsky; FAA; Salt Lake City, UT

Note:

This accident report documents the factual circumstances of this accident as described to the NTSB.

Investigation Docket:

http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/dockList.cfm?mKey=98853

 

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Private

Age:

57, Male

Airplane Rating(s):

Single-engine Land

Seat Occupied:

Right

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

3-point

Instrument Rating(s):

Airplane

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

None

Toxicology Performed:

No

Medical Certification:

Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

04/05/2018

Occupational Pilot:

No

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

12/05/2018

Flight Time:

(Estimated) 1411 hours (Total, all aircraft), 143 hours (Total, this make and model), 1411 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

 

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson

Registration:

N4246Z

Model/Series:

R44 II

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

2009

Amateur Built:

No

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal

Serial Number:

12697

Landing Gear Type:

Skid;

Seats:

4

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

 Unknown

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

2500 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time:

 

Engine Manufacturer:

Lycoming

ELT:

Installed, not activated

Engine Model/Series:

IO-540-AE1A5

Registered Owner:

Hawk Aero Llc

Rated Power:

 

Operator:

On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KU78, 5839 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site:

12 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

1715 UTC

Direction from Accident Site:

25°

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Visibility

10 Miles

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

4 knots /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

None / None

Wind Direction:

350°

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting:

30.31 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

-18°C / -21°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

No Obscuration; No Precipitation

Departure Point:

Grace, ID

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

Grace, ID

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

0930 MST

Type of Airspace:

Class G

 

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 None

Latitude, Longitude:

42.461944, -111.702222 (est)

 





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