Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Robinson R22 BETA, N7514S, registered to Spitzer Helicopter LLC and operated by Revolution Aviation: 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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Registered to Spitzer Helicopter LLC
Operated by Revolution Aviation 

http://registry.faa.gov/N7514S

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA211
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Long Beach, CA
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 BETA, registration: N7514S
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 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.





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 ➤ http://www.presstelegram.com 





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 ➤ https://lbpost.com

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