Friday, July 28, 2017

Robinson R44 II, N7535G, RS Aviation Services: Accident occurred July 26, 2017 at John Wayne-Orange County Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, Orange County, California

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

RS Aviation Services:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA167
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Santa Ana, CA
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II, registration: N7535G
Injuries: 1 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 July 26, 2017, about 2000 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter R44, N7535G, was substantially damaged following a loss of control during takeoff at John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA), Santa Ana, California. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by RS Aviation Services as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated on a company flight plan. The flight originated from SNA with an intended destination to Burbank, California.

The pilot reported that during takeoff, the helicopter started to roll to the right. In order to regain control, the pilot applied full left cyclic. However, the helicopter continued to roll to the right and subsequently impacted terrain. 

The Air Traffic Control issued a caution to the pilot to depart at his own risk due to a possible wake turbulence from B737, as well as a bird advisory.

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