Sunday, April 22, 2018

Robinson R44, N744BS, registered to R44 White LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred November 11, 2017 at Page Municipal Airport (KPGA), Coconino County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Page, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18LA031
Date & Time: 11/11/2017, 1300 MST
Registration: N744BS
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 11, 2017, about 1300 mountain standard time, a Robinson R44 Helicopter, N744BS, impacted terrain while attempting to takeoff from the Page Municipal Airport (PGA), Page, Arizona. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries; the helicopter sustained substantial damage throughout. The helicopter was registered to R44 White LLC, and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed about 1245.

The pilot reported the purpose of the flight was to practice the traffic pattern, landings, and hovers. After a normal traffic pattern and landing, he hovered the helicopter. While the helicopter was transitioning from hover to forward flight, the nose suddenly pitched down steeper than the pilot expected. The pilot immediately applied aft cyclic, however, he was unable to recover. The helicopter impacted the ground and came to rest on its side.

The helicopter has been moved to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ROBINSON HELICOPTER
Registration: N744BS
Model/Series: R44
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: R44 WHITE LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PGA, 4316 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:  Page, AZ (PGA)
Destination: Page, AZ (PGA) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  36.922222, -111.442222 (est)

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