Thursday, August 17, 2017

D & K Aviation Baby Belle, N211CJ: Accident occurred July 18, 2017 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

D-B-G Aviation LLC:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA256
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Spartanburg, SC
Aircraft: D & K AVIATION BABY BELLE, registration: N211CJ
Injuries: 1 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 18, 2017, at 2030 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built D & K Aviation Baby Belle, N211CJ, was substantially damaged during an inflight loss of control and hard landing near Spartanburg, South Carolina. The private pilot received minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to a private company and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a local, personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated at Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport (SPA), Spartanburg, South Carolina at 2000.

According to the pilot, he was returning from the local flight and was preparing to land. At 4 feet above the ground, and between 16 and 24 mph, the helicopter yawed to the right. He corrected the yaw with pedal inputs. He subsequently lost control of the helicopter, and it impacted the ground hard, coming to rest on its side.

The pilot recovered the wreckage to a storage facility and reported the event to the National Transportation Safety Board on July 24. Initial examination of the wreckage revealed that the airframe had incurred substantial damaged during the accident. The main rotor blades were bent and delaminated. The tail boom was severed.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot did not possess a rotorcraft-helicopter rating at the time of the accident. The status of the helicopter's FAA registration was "expired."

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