Sunday, June 4, 2017

Robinson R22, N601HA: Accident occurred June 04, 2017 at Kenosha Regional Airport (KENW), Kenosha County, Wisconsin

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

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Robinson Helicopters; Torrance, California
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

A-Z Leasing LLC:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA210
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 04, 2017 in Kenosha, WI
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R22, registration: N601HA
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 June 4, 2017, about 1630 central daylight time, a Robinson R22 helicopter, N601HA, impacted pavement after an attempted takeoff at Kenosha Regional Airport (ENW), Kenosha, Wisconsin. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to A-Z Leasing, LLC., and operated by the pilot 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 a flight plan had not been filed. 

Witnesses reported that the helicopter was departing from the ramp and climbed about 20 to 30 ft above ground level (agl). The helicopter descended and impacted the pavement on its right side. A nearby helicopter pilot ran to the wreckage and turned off the fuel valve and battery switch. The pilot was airlifted to a local hospital.

An postaccident examination of the wreckage revealed that the tail rotor assembly separated from the tailcone. One tail rotor blade was separated and the other blade sustained damage.

The helicopter was retained for further examination.

A helicopter pilot suffered critical injuries Sunday after his aircraft crash at about 4:30 p.m. at Kenosha Regional Airport.

The pilot, an unidentified male, was the only one on board, Kenosha Fire Department Chief Charles Leipzig said. A Flight for Life medical helicopter was called to transport the man, most likely to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Leipzig said.

The pilot was coming back from a flight and started to hover and lose control of the aircraft at about 35 feet, Leipzig said.

The pilot was trapped in the helicopter for about two to three minutes after impact, he said.

According to Sgt. Leo Viola with the Kenosha Police Department, a witness saw the helicopter wobble and lose control.

“We had just landed,” Loren Thompson, another pilot in the area, said.

Thompson said he saw a piece of metal fly off while the the pilot tried to wrestle the helicopter to the ground. Then the side of the helicopter hit the ground.

That piece of metal could have been the tail rotor, which is responsible for the stability of the aircraft, Thompson said.

Thompson compared the crash to a YouTube video.

“You look up and there it is,” he said. “Three seconds and it was over.”

No smoke or flames were present during the crash, he added.

“I’m glad he’s alive. It looked bad,” Thompson said.

The registered owner of the helicopter is A-Z Leasing LLC in Kenosha, according to FAA registry of the craft. It was manufactured with Robinson Helicopter Co. with a certification date of Aug. 24, 2015.  

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

Original article can be found here:

KENOSHA — Kenosha police tell FOX6 News Flight for Life was dispatched to the Kenosha Airport for a helicopter crash that injured a lone male victim on Sunday, June 4th.

The Kenosha Regional Airport is located on 52nd Street near 88th Avenue.

It happened around 4:30 p.m.

Police said the victim was taken to a hospital in Milwaukee, and the Federal Aviation Administration is handling the investigation.

Original article can be found here:

KENOSHA, Wis. —  Flight for Life responded to a helicopter crash at the Kenosha Regional Airport, according to police.

A spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration says one person was aboard the Robinson R-22 helicopter when it crashed around 4:28pm.

No word yet on what caused the crash or the condition of the pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

Original article can be found here:

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