NTSB Preliminary Report: Parsons, WV

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Parsons, WV

Accident Number:


Date & Time:

06/29/20191139 EDT




Robinson R44


1 Serious, 2 Minor

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 29, 2019, about 1140 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N883TY, was substantially damage when it collided with a telephone line and then a river near Parsons, West Virginia. The private pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries, and a second passenger sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Ali Co. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated about 15 minutes earlier from Elgon, West Virginia.

According to the pilot, he fueled his helicopter then flew to a private residence to pick up the passengers for a sightseeing flight. He stated that he was flying in the river basin, rounded a bend, and struck a telephone wire. He reported that he had flown along the Cheat River before and had typically been above the wires but had never even noticed the wires that the helicopter struck.

Initial examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the helicopter came to rest on the right side in about 5 ft of water with the telephone cable wrapped around the main rotor. The tail rotor was sheared off and the tail boom was located about 50 ft downriver from the main wreckage.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for rotorcraft-helicopter. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued in January 2019. The pilot reported more than 700 hours in the accident helicopter make and model.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the helicopter was manufactured in 2014.

At 1153, the weather reported at Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW), Morgantown, West Virginia, about 26 miles northwest of the accident site, included variable wind at 6 knots, clear skies, temperature 29° C, dew point 20° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.18 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:





R44 II

Aircraft Category:


Amateur Built:





Ali Co

Operating Certificate(s) Held:



Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:


Observation Facility, Elevation:

MGW, 1243 ft msl

Observation Time:

1153 EDT

Distance from Accident Site:

26 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

29°C / 20°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Few / 3600 ft agl

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

Light and Variable / Variable

Lowest Ceiling:



10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

30.18 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:


Departure Point:

Elgon, WV


Elgon, WV


Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Minor

Aircraft Damage:


Passenger Injuries:

1 Serious, 1 Minor

Aircraft Fire:


Ground Injuries:


Aircraft Explosion:


Total Injuries:

1 Serious, 2 Minor

Latitude, Longitude:

39.226944, -79.720833


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Lynn Spencer

Additional Participating Persons:

Jerry L Morgan; FAA/FSDO; Charleston, WV


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