Thursday, March 2, 2017

Robinson R22 BETA, N7095A: Accident occurred February 18, 2017 in Holbrook, Navajo County, Arizona (and) Incident occurred December 27, 2016 in Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Scottsdale, Arizona 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N7095A

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA068

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Holbrook, AZ
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 BETA, registration: N7095A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 18, 2017, about 0800 mountain standard time, a Robinson R22 Beta, N7095A, landed hard in an open field near Holbrook, Arizona, after the pilot experienced a loss of helicopter control while maneuvering. The private pilot/owner operated the helicopter as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot and one passenger were not injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed from a private residence about 0715 the morning of the accident.

According to the pilot's written statement, he departed from his brothers residence about 0715 with the intent of flying around Holbrook on a personal flight. They overflew and descended over a cow pasture to look at the cows. The pilot reported his airspeed was about 10 knots with a 7 knot headwind. He maneuvered the helicopter in a 180-degree turn and the helicopter lost lift. He pulled cyclic, which responded by lowering engine and main rotor blade rpm; he tried to lower and increase throttle, and flared to land; however, the helicopter landed hard. The main rotor blades contacted and subsequently severed the tail boom.

The pilot stated that there were no mechanical problems that would have precluded normal operation of the helicopter.

While landing on a flatbed, the rotor struck the head of a person on the ground.

Date: 27-DEC-16
Time: 23:41:00Z
Regis#: N7095A
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SNOWFLAKE
State: ARIZONA

Rotorcraft landed in a pasture and was powering down when the ground crew was to refuel the rotorcraft was struck in the back of the head by a rotor blade, requiring transport to a hospital and at least two (2) stitches.   

Date: 27-DEC-16
Time: 23:41:00Z
Regis#: N709FA
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: SNOWFLAKE
State: ARIZONA

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