Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Robinson R22 BETA, N7514S: Accident occurred September 20, 2017 at Long Beach Airport (KLGB), Los Angeles County, California

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California
Robinson Helicopter Company; Torrance, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Registered to Spitzer Helicopter LLC
Operated by Revolution Aviation

Location: Long Beach, CA
Accident Number: WPR17LA211
Date & Time: 09/20/2017, 1309 PDT
Registration: N7514S
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On September 20, 2017, at 1309 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson R22 Beta, N7514S, landed hard and rolled over following a forced landing at Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field), Long Beach, California. The student pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to Spitzer Helicopter LLC, and operated by Revolution Aviation, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. The local flight departed Long Beach about 1307. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The student departed earlier in the morning with his instructor from their operational base in Santa Ana. They planned to fly to Long Beach Airport, where the instructor would disembark, and the student would perform a series of solo maneuvers and flights in the traffic pattern. After arriving at Long Beach and landing on helicopter pad 1 they performed a pedal turn, to determine how the helicopter would perform in the wind, and then departed for a flight in the traffic pattern. After landing, the instructor got out of the helicopter, and waited on the grass area adjacent to the pad. From there he watched the student perform a series of low hovering maneuvers, all of which progressed uneventfully. Once complete, the other helicopter's in the area had departed, and they both agreed that the student should depart and perform one circuit in the traffic pattern, and then land on pad 3, which was a larger pad, that the student was more familiar with.

The departure and landing were uneventful, and once on the ground, the student and instructor gave each other the "thumbs-up", and the student departed for another flight in the pattern. The instructor reported that the flight in the pattern appeared normal, and during the landing approach the descent path and speed were appropriate. However, as the helicopter approached the pad, it started to slow down. He thought the student was going to land just short of the pad, however, the nose then began to yaw to the left and right by a few degrees, and the helicopter suddenly began to descend. He described the descent as rapid and uncontrolled, as if the helicopter had lost all lift. The helicopter then hit the ground slightly left side low, and rolled onto its side.

The student recounted similar observations, reporting that as he began to approach the pad at an elevation of about 40 ft, the helicopter started to shudder, and then the low rotor RPM horn sounded. He reacted by immediately lowering the collective control and initiating an autorotation, and just prior to striking the ground, he pulled back on the cyclic control.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ROBINSON HELICOPTER
Registration: N7514S
Model/Series: R22 BETA BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Revolution Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLGB, 31 ft msl
Observation Time: 2019 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Long Beach, CA (LGB)
Destination: Long Beach, CA (LGB) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 33.819722, -118.151389

A flight training operation went awry on Wednesday when a helicopter crashed as it was landing at Long Beach Airport, causing the chopper to flip onto its side.

Only the pilot was on board, and he was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

Long Beach Fire responded to the incident at approximately 1:09 p.m., according to fire spokesman Jake Heflin, who said a training pilot in his 40s was flying the aircraft at the time.

Just before the incident, a flight instructor was on the ground observing the student pilot who was practicing “pattern work,” a process that helps pilots determine their landing order, he said.

The crash occurred at Pad 3 on the northeast part of the airport, said airport spokeswoman Cassie Chauvel.

Operations at Long Beach Airport did not experience any disruptions, Heflin said. The helicopter, a Robinson R22, sustained substantial damage.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing. 

Original article can be found here ➤ 

A man in his 40s was hospitalized with minor injuries this afternoon after he crashed his helicopter during training operations at Long Beach Airport, according to the Long Beach Fire Department.

The incident was reported at 1:09PM, said LBFD spokesman Jake Heflin.

The man, identified as a student pilot, experienced an incident during the training that resulted in the Robinson R22 helicopter crashing and sustaining substantial damage, Heflin said.

He was the sole occupant of the helicopter while his instructor was outside observing him, Heflin added.

Original article can be found here ➤

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