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NTSB Preliminary Report: Cotulla, TX

 

Location:

Cotulla, TX

Accident Number:

CEN20CA090

Date & Time:

02/18/2020, 0820 CST

Registration:

N10786

Aircraft:

Robinson R22

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Dynamic rollover

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation

The commercial pilot was attempting to takeoff from a trailer in a helicopter to conduct an aerial survey. During the lift off from the trailer, the helicopter rolled right and impacted the ground. A post accident inspection revealed that the right skid tie-down to the trailer had not been removed prior to the takeoff attempt. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Commercial

Age:

45, Male

Airplane Rating(s):

None

Seat Occupied:

Unknown

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

 

Instrument Rating(s):

None

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

None

Toxicology Performed:

 

Medical Certification:

Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

05/28/2019

Occupational Pilot:

 

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

08/26/2019

Flight Time:

(Estimated)


 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson

Registration:

N10786

Model/Series:

R22 UNDESIGNAT

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

1993

Amateur Built:

No

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal

Serial Number:

2267

Landing Gear Type:

Skid;

Seats:

2

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

06/10/2019, Annual

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

1369 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

6.4 Hours

Engines:

1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time:

1567.4 Hours at time of accident

Engine Manufacturer:

Lycoming

ELT:

Not installed

Engine Model/Series:

O-320-B2C

Registered Owner:

On file

Rated Power:

160 hp

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:

 

Distance from Accident Site:

 

Observation Time:

1253 UTC

Direction from Accident Site:

 

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Visibility

3 Miles

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

8 knots /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

None / None

Wind Direction:

100°

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting:

29.87 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

20°C / 19°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

Moderate - Mist; No Obscuration; No Precipitation

Departure Point:

Cotulla, TX

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

Cotulla, TX

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

 CST

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:

28.458056, -99.220000 (est)

 


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

David S Williams

Additional Participating Persons:

Victor H Lopez; FAA; San Antonio, TX

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=100957





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