Friday, April 27, 2018

Robinson R22 Beta, N72QC: Accident occurred March 23, 2018 at Republic Airport (KFRG), Farmingdale, Nassau County, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York

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

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


http://registry.faa.gov/N72QC

Location: Farmingdale, NY
Accident Number: GAA18CA229
Date & Time: 03/23/2018, 0830 EDT
Registration: N72QC
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that, during the landing from a hover, he and the student pilot were both on the controls, with the student manipulating the controls. He added that, when the helicopter was about 8" above the ground, the student lowered the collective rapidly. Subsequently, the helicopter landed hard, the student immediately raised the collective to re-establish a hover, and the instructor took the flight controls and landed without further incident.

A post-accident examination revealed the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom.

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

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Foreign
Age: 25, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter; Instrument Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/27/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/21/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 320 hours (Total, all aircraft), 118 hours (Total, this make and model), 260 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 55 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 28, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/25/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 39.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 39.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 11.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ROBINSON HELICOPTER
Registration: N72QC
Model/Series: R22
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1991
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2033
Landing Gear Type: Skid;
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/01/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 13670 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4151 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: ArtNet Aviation LLC
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Flying Helicopters Made Easy
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFRG, 81 ft msl
Observation Time: 1153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 335°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -6°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 330°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Farmingdale, NY (FRG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Farmingdale, NY (FRG)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0730 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: REPUBLIC (FRG)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 80 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.729444, -73.414167 (est)

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