Monday, April 15, 2019

Robinson R22 Mariner, N689M: Incident occurred April 13, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Hit Sarasota Bay water and flipped over.

Boatphoto Helicopter LLC

Date: 13-APR-19
Time: 20:19:00Z
Regis#: N689M
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: OTHER
Operation: 91

James Rahming

BRADENTON BEACH, Florida  — A helicopter carrying two men ended up in Sarasota Bay off the Coquina Beach South Boat Ramp on Saturday afternoon after apparently trying to make an emergency landing.

Two men were rescued from the crash without injuries, according to Longboat Key Police Chief Peter Cumming. The circumstances that led to the crash are under investigation.

The Robinson R22 Mariner is owned and operated by, a West Palm Beach aviation photography and training company.

James Rahming told SNN-TV that he and his co-pilot, identified by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office as Josef Bakker, made an emergency water landing after losing power. They landed the chopper upright, Rahming said, but the floats lashed to its landing skids proved insufficient to keep it afloat and it overturned into the water.

Rahming, of Cortez, has held a commercial pilot license for two years, according to FAA records.

A representative confirmed that Rahming is an employee with the company, and that the helicopter was owned by

Helicopters operated by the company, many of them the same R22 model or slightly larger R44 model, have been involved in several accidents, including one last year in Panama City Beach.

On May 2, 2018, according to the Panama City News Herald, a helicopter nosedived into the Gulf of Mexico after trying to make an emergency landing. No one was injured.

Other crashes were reported in Oaks Island Pier in Brunswick County, North Carolina, in 2012 and over Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, in May 2008, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Saturday’s helicopter crash follows one on Anna Maria Island in early January that injured the pilot.

Original article can be found here ➤

LONGBOAT KEY (WWSB) - A helicopter crashed Saturday into the water around 100 yards away from the Coquina Beach boat ramp on Longboat Key.

It happened around 12:30pm. Deputies say the pilot, 48-year-old Josef Bakker, who recently received his pilot license, was flying over the Intercoastal Waterway while his co-pilot, 41-year-old James Rahming, took photos of boats.

At some point, deputies say Bakker made a maneuver to change directions in the Robinson R22 helicopter but failed to realize he didn’t have enough altitude for the move. The helicopter hit the water nose first.

Bakker and Rahming were pulled from the water. Neither were injured.

The aircraft was towed to the Coquina Beach boat ramp, where it was eventually removed from the water.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is the same Helicopter that buzzed me on the Intercoastal less than 15 feet above the water. Low flying directly over boats. I video taped it and forgot about it until seeing this news report. Filing complaint with FAA. They are a menace to boaters.