Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Robinson R44 II, N3025J, Flicksville Flyers Inc: Accident occurred July 04, 2017 at Braden Airpark (N43), Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

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

Flicksville Flyers Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N3025J

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA383
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 04, 2017 in Easton, PA
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44, registration: N3025J
Injuries: 1 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 pilot reported that during lift off, the tail rotor chip warning light illuminated, "and distracted me for a moment." The helicopter drifted to the right, the right skid contacted the ground, and the helicopter rolled over on to its right side. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail rotor drive shaft, the horizontal stabilizer and the main rotor blades.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

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