Sunday, May 21, 2017

Robinson R22 Beta, N2322Z, HeliFlights LLC: Accident occurred May 20, 2017 at Linden Airport (KLDJ), Union County, New Jersey

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

NTSB Identification: ERA17CA187 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Linden, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/2017
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22, registration: N2322Z
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The helicopter flight instructor stated that he was providing the student pilot with his first introductory flight in a helicopter. The flight instructor was holding the dual controls lightly while the student pilot practiced hovering. The helicopter was hovering over a concrete area on the airport and had drifted over grass. The flight instructor then told the student pilot to hover back over the concrete. As the helicopter was proceeding back to the concrete, the student pilot made an abrupt movement on the cyclic to the right, and the right skid contacted an unknown object, which caused a dynamic roll-over. The student pilot's written account was similar, except he stated that the flight instructor had taken control of the helicopter and was hovering toward the concrete when a sudden downward push of wind caused a forceful movement to the right. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the right skid had contacted the ground, which resulted in a dynamic rollover and substantial damage to the main rotor blades and fuselage. No preimpact mechanical malfunctions were noted nor did the pilots report any. The wind at the airport was recorded as calm about the time of the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The flight instructor's failure to maintain helicopter control while hovering, which resulted in skid contact with the ground and a dynamic roll-over.

The helicopter flight instructor stated that he was providing the student pilot with his first introductory flight in a helicopter. The flight instructor was holding the dual controls lightly while the student pilot practiced hovering. The helicopter was hovering over a concrete area on the airport and had drifted over grass. The flight instructor then told the student pilot to hover back over the concrete. As the helicopter was proceeding back to the concrete, the student pilot made an abrupt movement on the cyclic to the right and the right skid contacted an unknown object, causing a dynamic rollover. The student pilot's written account was similar, except he stated that the flight instructor had taken control of the helicopter and was hovering toward the concrete when a sudden downward push of wind caused a forceful movement to the right. Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the right skid had contacted the ground, resulting in a dynamic rollover and substantial damage to the main rotor blades and fuselage. The inspector did not observe any preimpact mechanical malfunctions, nor did the pilots report any. The wind at the airport was recorded as calm about the time of the accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Saddle Brook, New Jersey

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

HeliFlights LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N2322Z


NTSB Identification: ERA17CA187
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Linden, NJ
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22, registration: N2322Z
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The helicopter flight instructor stated that he was providing the student pilot with his first introductory flight in a helicopter. The flight instructor was holding the dual controls lightly while the student pilot practiced hovering. The helicopter was hovering over a concrete area on the airport and had drifted over grass. The flight instructor then told the student pilot to hover back over the concrete. As the helicopter was proceeding back to the concrete, the student pilot made an abrupt movement on the cyclic to the right and the right skid contacted an unknown object, causing a dynamic rollover. The student pilot's written account was similar, except he stated that the flight instructor had taken control of the helicopter and was hovering toward the concrete when a sudden downward push of wind caused a forceful movement to the right. Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the right skid had contacted the ground, resulting in a dynamic rollover and substantial damage to the main rotor blades and fuselage. The inspector did not observe any preimpact mechanical malfunctions, nor did the pilots report any. The wind at the airport was recorded as calm about the time of the accident.



A helicopter that was hovering a few feet over the ground at an airport crashed Saturday and rolled onto its side, police said. 

Neither of the two men inside were injured, police said. Linden Airport Director Paul Dudley said the victims were an flight instructor and student pilot.  

Linden police said only minor damage was reported. 

The helicopter was a Robinson R22 Beta, the Federal Aviation Administration said. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said it will investigate. 

Original article can be found here: http://www.nbcnewyork.com

LINDEN - Police and fire department units responded to Linden airport at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, May 20,  for a reported helicopter crash, according to police department spokesman Lt. Christopher Guenther.

The helicopter was reportedly hovering a few feet off the ground when it crashed and fell to its side, he said. 

The helicopter was occupied by two men at the time, both of whom were not injured.

There was no fire associated with the crash and only minor damage reported.

The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Original article can be found here: http://www.mycentraljersey.com

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