Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sikorsky S-97A Raider, N971SK, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation: Accident occurred August 02, 2017 at William P. Gwinn Airport (06FA), Jupiter, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Jupiter, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA263
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 02, 2017 in Jupiter, FL
Aircraft: SIKORSKY S-97A, registration: N971SK
Injuries: 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 August 2, 2017, about 0720, eastern daylight time, a experimental Sikorsky S-97, N971SK, experienced a hard landing while hovering at the William P Gwinn Airport (06FA), Jupiter, Florida. Both airline transport pilots received minor injuries. The test flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The helicopter was recovered from the accident site and retained for further examination.

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A helicopter made a hard landing at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in Palm Beach County Wednesday morning.

An S-97 Raider helicopter was hovering during a test flight when the hard landing happened, according to a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin.

The rotorcraft is a next-generation light tactical prototype helicopter capable of carrying six troops and external weapons and is capable of flying at 10,000 feet in 95℉ heat, according to the Lockheed Martin website.

Two people were on board and neither was injured, Lockheed Martin said.

The incident is under investigation.

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