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NTSB Preliminary Report: Clover, VA

 

Location:

Clover, VA

Accident Number:

ERA19LA144

Date & Time:

04/06/20192208 EDT

Registration:

N4047H

Aircraft:

Robinson R22

Injuries:

1 Serious

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


On April 6, 2019, at 2208 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R22 Beta, N4047H, was destroyed by a post-crash fire when it collided with terrain during departure from Alpha Hotel Airport (07VA), Clover, Virginia. The private pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter was privately owned and operated as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed.

According to a witness, the helicopter arrived at 07VA at 1830. The pilot approached from the south and landed facing north. About 2200 the witness drove the pilot back to the helicopter where they discussed his departure plan. The pilot planned to liftoff, hover, turn 180° to the left and depart southbound while climbing steeply above the tree tops. The pilot brought the helicopter to a hover, rotated about 150° and started the steep departure climb. As the helicopter climbed, it crossed over the runway and the main rotor blades impacted a tree about 50 ft above the ground. The helicopter turned sharply and fell nose down to the ground. The witness stated that prior to takeoff the helicopter sounded and appeared to perform normally; all navigation and landing lights were functioning prior to takeoff.

An examination of the helicopter by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector and a representative from Robinson Helicopters revealed that the helicopter came to rest at the base of a tree. A post-crash fire destroyed the cockpit and instrument panel. Examination of the main rotor blades revealed both blades remained attached to the main rotor hub and were buckled. Examination of the main rotor transmission revealed rotational scoring. The tail boom was impact and fire damaged. The tail rotor blades were buckled and remained attached to the tail rotor gearbox. Initial examination of the engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson

Registration:

N4047H

Model/Series:

R22 BETA

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Night/Dark

Observation Facility, Elevation:

W78, 350 ft msl

Observation Time:

2215 EDT

Distance from Accident Site:

0 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

18°C / 4°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Unknown

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

5 knots / 130°

Lowest Ceiling:

Overcast / 9500 ft agl

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

30.28 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Clover, VA (07VA)

Destination:

 

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Serious

Aircraft Damage:

Destroyed

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

On-Ground

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 Serious

Latitude, Longitude:

36.819722, -78.783056 (est)

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Eric Alleyne

Additional Participating Persons:

Nickolas B Kubli; FAA/FSDO; Richmond, VA

Ken Martin; Robinson Helicopters; Torrance, CA

Note:

The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.






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