Friday, September 22, 2017

Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk, R20087, operated by United States Army as CAVM087, Caveman 87 -and- Dà-Jiang Innovations (DJI) Phantom 4: Incident occurred September 21, 2017 in Staten Island, New York

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

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: DCA17IA202A
14 CFR Unknown
Incident occurred Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Staten Island, NY
Aircraft: DJI Phantom, registration: None
Injuries: 2 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 used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.


On September 21, 2017, at 1920 eastern daylight time, a Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter, R20087, operated by the U.S. Army as CAVM087 ("Caveman 87"), collided with a Dà-Jiang Innovations (DJI) Phantom 4 small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS, commonly known as a drone) operated by an individual. The collision occurred at about 300 feet above mean sea level, 1 mile east of Midland Beach, Staten Island, NY, in the vicinity of Hoffman Island. The helicopter experienced minor damage, the drone was destroyed. There were no injuries or ground damage.

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: DCA17IA202B
14 CFR Armed Forces
Incident occurred Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Staten Island, NY
Aircraft: SIKORSKY UH60, registration: R20087
Injuries: 2 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 used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

On September 21, 2017, at 1920 eastern daylight time, a Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter, R20087, operated by the U.S. Army as CAVM087 ("Caveman 87"), collided with a Dà-Jiang Innovations (DJI) Phantom 4 small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS, commonly known as a drone) operated by an individual. The collision occurred at about 300 feet above mean sea level, 1 mile east of Midland Beach, Staten Island, NY, in the vicinity of Hoffman Island. The helicopter experienced minor damage, the drone was destroyed. There were no injuries or ground damage.
Damaged rotor blades on the Army UH-60 helicopter. 


WASHINGTON — (Oct. 5, 2017) The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Sept. 21 collision between a civilian drone and an Army UH-60 helicopter east of Staten Island, New York.

At approximately 7:20 p.m. Sept. 21, the drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, and the helicopter collided.  The Army helicopter sustained damage to its main rotor blade, window frame and transmission deck.  A motor and arm from a small drone, identified as a DJI Phantom 4, were recovered from the helicopter. The NTSB was notified of the incident Sept. 22 and began its investigation that day. In the following days investigators were able to identify and subsequently interview the drone operator. The drone operator also provided flight data logs for the incident flight.

The NTSB is investigating the incident because the drone was a civilian aircraft. DJI and the Federal Aviation Administration are participating in the investigation. The Army is conducting a mishap investigation.

The NTSB’s investigation is ongoing and investigators are reviewing air traffic control radar data, flight data from the helicopter, the flight data logs provided by the drone operator and FAA airspace and temporary flight restriction documents.

https://www.ntsb.gov







FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fort Bragg 82nd Airborne helicopter was forced to land after it was hit by a civilian drone over New York City Thursday night, officials said.

The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. in “congested airspace” and involved a UH 60 Black Hawk that was being used to support security at the United Nations, a Fort Bragg official told CBS North Carolina.

The damaged helicopter was near Midland Beach at an altitude of 500 feet and was alongside another Black Hawk when the incident happened, according to NJ.com.

The helicopter, which has been grounded since the incident, sustained damage to the main blade and windows. No one was injured.

The Black Hawk was able to land in New Jersey at the Linden Airport, officials said. WNYW reported that part of the drone was later found in the Black Hawk’s oil cooler.

The drone was operating illegally, according to the New York Post.

Repair parts were sent on Friday and Fort Bragg officials expect to have the helicopter repaired by mid-day Saturday.

The FAA was notified about the incident, which officials said was an accident and that the Black Hawk was not targeted.

It’s unknown who was operating the drone.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://wncn.com






MIDLAND BEACH, Staten Island (WABC) -- An Army Black Hawk helicopter was struck by a drone at approximately 500 feet over a residential neighborhood on Staten Island.

The helicopter, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., was in New York City for the United Nation patrol.

A piece of the drone bounced off the rotor and became lodged in the aircraft.

The pilot, who was not injured, was able to land the helicopter at Linden Airport in New Jersey.

The military is investigating the incident.

Story and photo gallery ➤ http://abc7ny.com

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