Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mosquito XEL: Accident occurred January 21, 2018 in Loxahatchee, Palm Beach County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Accident Number: ERA18LA082
Date & Time: 01/21/2018, 1545 EST
Registration: UNREG
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 21, 2018, about 1545 eastern standard time, an unregistered experimental amateur-built, Mosquito XEL helicopter was substantially damaged after a loss of control and collision with terrain near Loxahatchee, Florida. The non-certificated pilot/owner was seriously injured. The flight was operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed a private residence.

Witnesses reported that the pilot was performing a test flight. This was his first flight in the accident helicopter. He performed a brief takeoff to a hover maneuver followed by a normal landing. During the second attempted takeoff and hover, the helicopter gained altitude and started yawing to the left. It reached treetop height and continued to spin before descending and impacting the ground. The helicopter struck the ground on the belly, spreading the skids to both sides, then turned over on its side, causing the blades to strike the ground and shear off. Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the helicopter was substantially damaged.

According to FAA and pilot records, the pilot had accrued a total of 70 hours of dual instruction in two other make and model helicopters in the previous 24 months. The pilot did not possess any FAA-issued pilot certificate. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MOSQUITO
Registration: UNREG
Model/Series: XEL
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: Yes
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: PBI, 20 ft msl
Observation Time: 1541 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots, 70°
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: LOXAHATCHEE, FL
Destination: LOXAHATCHEE, FL 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 26.729444, -80.311667 (est)

LOXAHATCHEE, Florida  (CBS12) — A small experimental helicopter crashed Sunday afternoon in Royal Ascot Estates, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.

The helicopter crashed while taking off from the owner's backyard on West Lancashire Drive, according to fire officials.

The pilot, an adult man, was taken to a local hospital for treatment, fire officials said. He was the only one on board.

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