Sunday, September 30, 2018

Robinson R44, registered to Woodley Aerial Leasing LLC and operated by Woodley Aerial Spraying Inc, N442RP: Accident occurred October 05, 2015 in Parkston, Hutchinson County, South Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Parkston, SD
Accident Number: CEN16LA006
Date & Time: 10/05/2015, 1010 CDT
Registration: N442RP
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 5, 2015, about 0910 mountain daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N442RP, impacted a building during takeoff from a private landing area near Parkston, South Dakota. The commercial-rated pilot and one passenger received serious injuries. The two additional passengers were not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to Woodley Aerial Leasing LLC and operated by Woodley Aerial Spraying Inc., under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and an instrument flight plan was not filed.

The pilot stated that when he landed he left some distance between the helicopter and the adjacent building, with the tailboom pointed away from the building. The load truck with trailer was then parked between the helicopter and the building. He expected to "shut down the helicopter so the spray system could be installed." However, before he helicopter was shutdown, the owner asked the pilot to give 3 passengers a ride. The passengers boarded the helicopter and the pilot proceeded to depart. The pilot reported that as soon as the helicopter lifted, a tailwind gust pushed the helicopter forward. He added that it happened so fast, he did not have time to recover and the helicopter impacted the load trailer and side of the adjacent building.

The closest weather reporting station located at the Mitchell Municipal Airport, South Dakota, about 24 miles north of the accident site, recorded wind from 170 degrees at 7 kts.

The pilot reported there were no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the helicopter.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 42, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/06/2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/19/2015
Flight Time:  1350 hours (Total, all aircraft), 115 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N442RP
Model/Series: R44 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1277
Landing Gear Type: Skid;
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/06/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2078.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-540F1 SERIE
Registered Owner: Woodley Aerial Leasing
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMHE, 1299 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0953 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 354°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 7000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Parkston, SD
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Parkston, SD
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  43.383333, -97.981667 (est)

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