Thursday, March 21, 2019

Robinson R22 Beta II, owned and operated by Rocking R Enterprises under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N7782H: Accident occurred March 20, 2019 in Madill, Marshall County, Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Madill, OK
Accident Number: CEN19LA106
Date & Time: 03/20/2019, 1610 CDT
Registration: N7782H
Aircraft: Robinson R22
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 20, 2119, about 1610 central daylight time, a Robinson RA Beta helicopter, N7782H, sustained substantial damage during an emergency landing to a field near Madill, Oklahoma. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was owned and operated by Rocking R Enterprises under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight departed the Madill Municipal Airport (1F4), Madill, Oklahoma, about 1600 and was en route to the Ardmore Municipal Airport (ARD), Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The pilot reported that he conducted a preflight of the helicopter, which included checking the condition of the belts that drive the rotor, and they appeared to be normal. About 10 minutes after takeoff, he was in level flight about 700 to 800 ft above ground level, when the clutch light warning light illuminated. He stated that almost immediately after the clutch light illuminated, he heard a "bang" and felt the helicopter shudder. He entered an autorotation and landed in a pasture that was rough. The helicopter rolled onto its left side and sustained substantial damage to the tail boom, main rotor, and fuselage.

An examination of the helicopter revealed that both belts were missing. They were not located at the accident site.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N7782H
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Rocking R Enterprises
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ADM, 776 ft msl
Observation Time: 1655 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 17 knots, 320°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Madill, OK (1F4)
Destination: Ardmore, OK (ADM) 

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:

MARSHALL COUNTY, Oklahoma (KXII) - Tony Hawkins of Madill said he was putting out hay to feed his cows Wednesday afternoon when he saw a small two seat helicopter crash land in his field a few hundred yards away, near U.S. Highway 70 and Simpson Road, west of Madill.

"(It) looked like he was coming in pretty fast," Hawkins said. "Next thing you know, he hit and just flipped it over on its side."

Hawkins said he was afraid for the pilot's life and praying he was alright.

"I was really scared for him...because I didn't know what to expect when I got here," Hawkins said.

Austin Hawkins said he was in Madill when he saw the fire department and sheriff's cars drive through town.

His fiancee called him about a helicopter that crashed near where they live.

"So I drove down here and, sure enough, there was a helicopter in the pasture," Austin Hawkins said. "I actually live right over there, so right across the field. 'Literally crashed in the back yard' kind of deal."

Marshall County Emergency Manager Robert Chaney said the pilot called in the crash, saying he was not hurt and did not want an ambulance.

Two fire engines were on scene.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigated the crash site.

The pilot did not want to be named but said a mechanical malfunction caused his R-22 Beta II helicopter to crash.

He was flying from Ardmore to Madill.

He said he has had his pilot's license for many years and has been in crashes before.

His training on landing safely kicked in when he discovered something was wrong with the aircraft.

The pilot said he is thankful to have walked away without injury.

"It's just a blessing that he could walk out of it," Tony Hawkins said. "I'm happy for him, very happy for him."

The pilot said the FAA will contact him Thursday morning on whether to investigate the crash further.

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Oklahoma -- A pilot is lucky to be alive after his small helicopter crash-landed in Marshall County late Wednesday afternoon.

The call for help went out just after 5 p.m. when the pilot alerted the control tower to a problem. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that the issue may have been related to a failed gear in the Robinson R22 Beta II copter.

The two-seat aircraft crashed in a farm field and overturned near the intersection of Simpson Road and Stowers Road, near US 70 between Madill and Ardmore. The impact snapped the tail from the cockpit.

"It's just kinda... you know... what are the odds? Is really all I can think," said Austin Hawkins, who owns the land. "A helicopter crashing in the backyard? So it's just kind of crazy."

The pilot was reported to be up and walking after the hard landing, but the chopper is considered to be a total loss.

The R22 helicopter was introduced in 1979 and the model remains in production.

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