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NTSB Preliminary Report: La Ward, TX

  

Location:

La Ward, TX

Accident Number:

CEN19LA178

Date & Time:

06/21/20191221 CDT

Registration:

N445AP

Aircraft:

Robinson R44

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 137: Agricultural

On June 21, 2019, about 1221 central daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N445AP, was substantially damaged when it impacted a field near La Ward, Texas. The commercial pilot was not injured. The aerial application flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight.

During the aerial application flight to a cotton field the helicopter departed controlled flight for reasons unknown. According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident, the tailboom separated from the helicopter, the fuselage was wrinkled, the skids collapsed, and the main rotor was impact damaged.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson

Registration:

N445AP

Model/Series:

R44 II

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

Farm & Ranch Helicopter Service Inc

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Agricultural Aircraft (137)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KPSX

Observation Time:

1253 CDT

Distance from Accident Site:

 

Temperature/Dew Point:

32°C / 24°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Scattered / 2400 ft agl

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

17 knots / 23 knots160°

Lowest Ceiling:

Broken / 3100 ft agl

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.91 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

La Ward, TX (TX0)

Destination:

La Ward, TX (TX0)

 

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:

 

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Jennifer Rodi

Additional Participating Persons:

Glen Longnion; Federal Aviation Administration; Houston, TX

Note:

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





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