Friday, September 22, 2017

Safari Kit Helicopter, N186KW: Accident occurred September 21, 2017 at Fayetteville Regional Airport (KFAY), Cumberland County, North Carolina

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fayetteville, NC
Accident Number: GAA17CA555
Date & Time: 09/21/2017, 1845 EDT
Registration: N186KW
Aircraft: Godwin Jeff E Safari
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The solo student pilot reported that the purpose of his flight was to practice hover taxi. During a peddle turn to the right, about 3 to 5 ft above the ground, the helicopter rolled onto its side.

A postaccident examination of the helicopter revealed substantial damage to the tail boom.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private; Student
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification:  Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/07/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/02/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2300 hours (Total, all aircraft), 35 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: Godwin Jeff E
Registration: N186KW
Model/Series: Safari
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 2176
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/01/2017, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 132.9 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFAY, 186 ft msl
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 94°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 21°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 130°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fayetteville, NC (FAY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Fayetteville, NC (FAY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Unknown
Airport Elevation: 189 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  34.991111, -78.881944 (est)

A small helicopter crash landed at the airport about 7 p.m. Thursday evening when it was trying to take off, the Fayetteville Fire Department said.

The pilot walked away without injuries, Capt. Justin Nobles of the Fire Department said. 

The cause of the crash is not known.

 The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate, Nobles said.

The red, two-seat helicopter had just gotten off the ground when it had a mid-air emergency, Nobles said. 

The pilot quickly brought the aircraft back to the ground, but it landed hard and skidded about 25 feet and buckled.

Although multiple fire departments, police and EMS ambulances were initially dispatched to the crash, most were canceled once the first crews arrived and saw the response was not needed.

Two trucks from the Fire Department’s station at the airport were parked near the helicopter.

There was damage to the landing skids and rotor blades, Nobles said. 

The Fire Department’s hazardous materials team and responding units removed the fuel from helicopter’s two 28-gallon fuel tanks due to a minor fuel leak.

Original article can be found here ➤

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A helicopter crashed Thursday evening while taking off at the Fayetteville Regional Airport, officials confirmed.

The two-seater went down around 7 p.m., officials said.

One person was on board, but escaped without injury.

The chopper was a private, experimental model.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

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