Friday, July 7, 2017

Robinson R44 II N488AS, AeroLeasing Inc: Accident occurred July 02, 2017 in Bella Vista, Shasta County, California

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Robinson Helicopter Company; Torrance, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA140
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 02, 2017 in Bella Vista, CA
Aircraft: ROBINSON R44, registration: N488AS
Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor.

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 July 2, 2017, about 1715 Pacific daylig
ht time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R44, N488AS, crashed into a pond near Bella Vista, California. The commercial pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries; two passengers sustained serious injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The pilot was operating the helicopter under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The local personal flight departed Redding, California, about 1700. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that he was making a low pass over a pond. As he pulled up and initiated a turn, the engine sputtered. The pilot made a 180° turn toward the shoreline as he initiated an autorotation. The helicopter could not make it to shore, and the pilot landed in the water.

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