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NTSB Preliminary Report: Kailua, HI

 

Location:

Kailua, HI

Accident Number:

WPR19FA123

Date & Time:

04/29/20190910 HST

Registration:

N808NV

Aircraft:

ROBINSON R44

Injuries:

3 Fatal

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Sightseeing


On April 29, 2019, about 0910 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time (HST), a Robinson R-44 Helicopter, N808NV, impacted terrain in a residential neighborhood while maneuvering near Kailua, Hawaii. The commercial pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to United Helicopter Leasing, LLC, and operated by Novictor Aviation, LLC, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 air tour flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company VFR flight plan was opened. The flight originated from the Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL), Honolulu, Hawaii about 0854.

Witnesses reported that they heard the helicopter overhead but didn't look until they heard an odd noise followed by a loud metallic bang. They subsequently observed the helicopter in a nose low attitude descending rapidly; none of the rotor blades were moving and the helicopter appeared to be descending vertically with little forward motion. Witnesses reported observing pieces falling from the helicopter which included: a piece of the main rotor blade, plexiglass, pieces of airframe, and a fuel tank. The helicopter impacted the street and a post-crash fire ensued.

The 0857 automated weather observation at the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Air Station (PHNG), located about 3 miles north of the accident site, included wind from 30o at 8 knots, visibility 4 statute miles, broken clouds at 1,800 and 2,800 ft agl, overcast clouds at 3,900 ft agl, light rain, temperature 24oC, dewpoint 20oC, and an altimeter setting of 29.99 inches of mercury.

The helicopter has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

ROBINSON

Registration:

N808NV

Model/Series:

R44

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

Novictor Aviation LLC

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Commuter Air Carrier (135)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

PHNG, 23 ft msl

Observation Time:

0857 HST

Distance from Accident Site:

3 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

24°C / 20°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

8 knots / 30°

Lowest Ceiling:

Broken / 1800 ft agl

Visibility

4 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.99 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

Company VFR

Departure Point:

Honolulu, HI (HNL)

Destination:

Honolulu, HI (HNL)

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Fatal

Aircraft Damage:

Destroyed

Passenger Injuries:

2 Fatal

Aircraft Fire:

On-Ground

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

3 Fatal

Latitude, Longitude:

21.403333, -157.764444 (est)

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Samantha A Link

Additional Participating Persons:

Joe Monfort; Federal Aviation Administration; Honolulu, HI

Thom Webster; Robinson Helicopters; Torrance, CA

Troy Helgenson; Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, PA

Nicole Vandelaar; Novictor Aviation LLC; Honolulu, HI

Spencer Leonard; Federal Aviation Administration; Honolulu, HI

Note:

The NTSB traveled to the scene of this accident.





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