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NTSB Preliminary Report: El Campo, TX

 

Location:

El Campo, TX

Accident Number:

CEN20CA230

Date & Time:

06/16/2020, 1200 CDT

Registration:

N797SH

Aircraft:

Robinson R22

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Low altitude operation/event

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Application

According to the pilot, he was flying low-level about 20 mph, pollinating a rice field. He reported that he misjudged his operating altitude, and a part of the helicopter caught the rice vegetation. The helicopter entered an uncontrollable spin and impacted the rice field. The pilot reported that he was unharmed, but the helicopter was "totally destroyed". He added that the helicopter was operating normally, and the accident was due to "pilot error" in misjudging his altitude. 

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Commercial; Private

Age:

28

Airplane Rating(s):

Single-engine Land

Seat Occupied:

 

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

Helicopter

Restraint Used:

 

Instrument Rating(s):

Airplane

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

None

Toxicology Performed:

No

Medical Certification:

Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

10/10/2019

Occupational Pilot:

 

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

05/02/2020

Flight Time:

312 hours (Total, all aircraft), 82.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 237.6 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)


Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson

Registration:

N797SH

Model/Series:

R22 BETA

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

2004

Amateur Built:

No

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal

Serial Number:

3732

Landing Gear Type:

Ski;

Seats:

 

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

03/11/2020, Annual

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

1369 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time:

 

Engine Manufacturer:

Lycoming

ELT:

Not installed

Engine Model/Series:

O-360 SERIES

Registered Owner:

On file

Rated Power:

145 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:

 

Direction from Accident Site:

 

Lowest Cloud Condition:

 

Visibility

 

Lowest Ceiling:

 

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

/

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

/

Wind Direction:

 

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

/

Altimeter Setting:

 

Temperature/Dew Point:

 

Precipitation and Obscuration:

 

Departure Point:

El Campo, TX

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

El Campo, TX

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

 CDT

Type of Airspace:

 

 

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:

29.190556, -96.249167 (est)

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Craig Hatch

Additional Participating Persons:

Michael Costallos; FAA FSDO; Houston, 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=101445






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