Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Robinson R44 Raven II, N192E: Accident occurred July 20, 2017 in Logan, Harrison County, Iowa

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: CEN17CA346
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Logan, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/2017
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II, registration: N192E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The commercial pilot was performing an agricultural application flight and completed two reconnaissance passes and orbits of the field he was about to spray. The pilot reported that he did not see any power lines that posed a danger for the flight. While maneuvering at a low altitude during a pass turn, the helicopter struck a wire that the pilot did not see. After the helicopter struck the wire, the helicopter windscreen failed, and the helicopter violently shook. The pilot entered an autorotation to the field, and the helicopter impacted terrain and came to rest on its right side. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, tailboom, and main rotor blades.  The pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions of the helicopter. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a wire during an agricultural application flight.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Registered Owner: Midwest Airspray LLC

Operator: Airbourn Aviation LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N192E

NTSB Identification: CEN17CA346
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Logan, IA
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II, registration: N192E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The commercial pilot was performing an agricultural application flight, and completed two reconnaissance passes and orbit of the field he was about to spray. The pilot did not note any power lines that posed a danger for the flight. While maneuvering at a low altitude during a pass turn, the helicopter struck a wire that he did not see. After the helicopter struck the wire, the helicopter windscreen failed and the helicopter violently shook. The pilot entered an autorotation to the field, and the helicopter impacted terrain and came to rest on its right side. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, tail boom, and main rotor blades. The pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions of the helicopter. The accident was reported to the National Transportation Safety Board on September 11, 2017.

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