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Robinson R22 BETA, N883KC registered to Excel Helicopters LLC: Accident occurred January 31, 2017 in Armstrong, Kenedy County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: San Antonio, Texas 

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location:  Armstrong, TX
Accident Number: GAA17CA130
Date & Time: 01/31/2017, 0930 CST
Registration: N883KC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Dynamic rollover
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business


The helicopter pilot reported that, during takeoff from a trailer, the tie-down remained attached to the left skid and that the helicopter experienced a dynamic roll-over. The helicopter rolled off the trailer to the left and impacted the ground.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, tailboom, and firewall.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to remove the left helicopter skid tie-down before takeoff, which resulted in dynamic roll-over.


Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Forgotten action/omission - Pilot (Cause)
Monitoring equip/instruments - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Dynamic rollover (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/31/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/19/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 7800 hours (Total, all aircraft), 7200 hours (Total, this make and model), 7600 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 180 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ROBINSON HELICOPTER
Registration: N883KC
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4354
Landing Gear Type: Skid;
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/19/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1370 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2181.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-360-J2A
Rated Power: 145 hp
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:  KEBG, 80 ft msl
Observation Time: 1515 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 204°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 10°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots/ 18 knots, 180°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Armstrong, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Armstrong, TX
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0930 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.795278, -97.952500 (est)

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