NTSB Final Report: Lihue, HI

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Location:

Lihue, HI

Accident Number:

GAA19CA066

Date & Time:

11/10/20181320 HST

Registration:

N445KP

Aircraft:

Robinson R44

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Miscellaneous/other

Injuries:

3 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Business - Sightseeing

Analysis
The pilot reported that, before the helicopter tour flight, he had briefed the passengers, but they still attempted to take cell phones onboard without cases. He then gave the passengers cases and attached them to their wrists. During the flight, while the helicopter was flying about 100 knots, the right-side passenger held her cell phone and case outside of the cabin into the airflow, which resulted in the cell phone and case without the strap exiting the helicopter and subsequently impacting the tail rotor.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail rotor.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The passenger’s improper decision to hold her cell phone outside the helicopter, which resulted in it departing the helicopter and striking the tail rotor.


 


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Eric A Swenson

Adopted Date:

06/10/2019

Additional Participating Persons:

Richard Pida; FAA; Honolulu, HI

Publish Date:

06/10/2019

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=98658

 


Findings

Personnel issues

Decision making/judgment - Passenger (Cause)

Environmental issues

Debris/dirt/foreign object - Effect on equipment (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute

Miscellaneous/other (Defining event)

 

 

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Flight Instructor; Commercial

Age:

36, Male

Airplane Rating(s):

None

Seat Occupied:

Front

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

Unknown

Instrument Rating(s):

Helicopter

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

Helicopter; Instrument Helicopter

Toxicology Performed:

No

Medical Certification:

Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

05/16/2018

Occupational Pilot:

Yes

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

11/30/2017

Flight Time:

(Estimated) 2359.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1478 hours (Total, this make and model), 2315 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 313 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 103 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

 

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson

Registration:

N445KP

Model/Series:

R44 II

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

2007

Amateur Built:

No

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal

Serial Number:

11693

Landing Gear Type:

Skid;

Seats:

4

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

10/24/2018, 100 Hour

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

2260 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time:

2473.6 Hours as of last inspection

Engine Manufacturer:

Lycoming

ELT:

C126 installed, not activated

Engine Model/Series:

IO-540-AE1A5

Registered Owner:

Hawaii Pacific Aviation Inc

Rated Power:

235 hp

Operator:

Hawaii Pacific Aviation Inc

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Commercial Air Tour (136); Rotorcraft External Load (133)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

PHLI, 148 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site:

9 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

2353 UTC

Direction from Accident Site:

84°

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Few / 5500 ft agl

Visibility

10 Miles

Lowest Ceiling:

 

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

20 knots / 27 knots

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

None / None

Wind Direction:

360°

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting:

29.98 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

27°C / 14°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

No Obscuration; No Precipitation

Departure Point:

Lihue, HI (LIH)

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

Lihue, HI (LIH)

Type of Clearance:

VFR

Departure Time:

1310 HST

Type of Airspace:

Class G

 

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

2 None

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

3 None

Latitude, Longitude:

21.966944, -159.508333 (est)