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NTSB Preliminary Report: Avalon, CA

 

Location:

Avalon, CA

Accident Number:

WPR19FA175

Date & Time:

06/17/20191730 PDT

Registration:

N7187D

Aircraft:

Robinson R44

Injuries:

1 Fatal

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


On June 17, 2019 about 1730 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N7187D, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering near Avalon, California, Santa Catalina Island. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed within the area and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from Long Beach Airport (LGB), Long Beach, California at 1657.

An Alert Notification was issued for the accident helicopter when a family member of the pilot reported that the helicopter failed to return to LGB. The local law enforcement commenced search and rescue operations throughout the north area of Santa Catalina Island and the wreckage was located on the morning of June 18, 2019.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted the side of a hill at an elevation of 1,015 ft mean sea level. Initial radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) depicted the accident helicopter descending towards the terrain at 117 knots before the impact. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.
On June 17, 2019 about 1730 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N7187D, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering near Avalon, California, Santa Catalina Island. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed within the area and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from Long Beach Airport (LGB), Long Beach, California at 1657.


An Alert Notification was issued for the accident helicopter when a family member of the pilot reported that the helicopter failed to return to LGB. The local law enforcement commenced search and rescue operations throughout the north area of Santa Catalina Island and the wreckage was located on the morning of June 18, 2019.


Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted the side of a hill at an elevation of 1,015 ft mean sea level. Initial radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) depicted the accident helicopter descending towards the terrain at 117 knots before the impact. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.On June 17, 2019 about 1730 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N7187D, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering near Avalon, California, Santa Catalina Island. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed within the area and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from Long Beach Airport (LGB), Long Beach, California at 1657.


An Alert Notification was issued for the accident helicopter when a family member of the pilot reported that the helicopter failed to return to LGB. The local law enforcement commenced search and rescue operations throughout the north area of Santa Catalina Island and the wreckage was located on the morning of June 18, 2019.


Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted the side of a hill at an elevation of 1,015 ft mean sea level. Initial radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) depicted the accident helicopter descending towards the terrain at 117 knots before the impact. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson

Registration:

N7187D

Model/Series:

R44 Undesignat

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

 

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Observation Facility, Elevation:

 

Observation Time:

 

Distance from Accident Site:

 

Temperature/Dew Point:

 

Lowest Cloud Condition:

 

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

,

Lowest Ceiling:

 

Visibility

 

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Type of Flight Plan Filed:

 

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Destination:

 

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Fatal

Aircraft Damage:

Destroyed

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

On-Ground

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 Fatal

Latitude, Longitude:

33.462778, -118.574722 (est)

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Maja Smith

Additional Participating Persons:

 

Note:

The NTSB traveled to the scene of this accident.






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