Friday, May 03, 2019

Robinson R22 Beta, N7532R: Accident occurred May 02, 2019 at Lincoln Park Airport (N07), Morris County, New Jersey

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey  

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lincoln Park, NJ
Accident Number: WPR19TA131
Date & Time: 05/02/2019, 1538 EDT
Registration: N7532R
Aircraft: Robinson R22
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On May 02, 2019, at 1538 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R22 Beta II, N7532R, sustained substantial damage to the fuselage during impact with terrain while maneuvering at the Lincoln Park Airport, Lincoln Park, New Jersey. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. Garden State Helicopters, LLC was operating the helicopter under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The local flight departed about 1500.

The flight instructor stated that the purpose of the flight was to perform an introductory demonstration flight with the student pilot. After departing and performing low-level maneuvers for about 30 minutes, the flight instructor opted to return to the airport to practice hovering. After hovering for about 10 minutes, they both decided to taxi back to the parking area and end the flight. The flight instructor assumed authority of the controls and, with the helicopter in a stable hover about 5 to 10 ft above ground level (agl), he was planning to taxi forward to the parking area. The flight instructor recalled that he heard the low rotor RPM warning horn sound and the helicopter simultaneously began a violent yaw to the right while the nose pitched up.

The flight instructor further stated that he immediately attempted to regain control by rolling the throttle to idle in an attempt to arrest the yaw. Despite his efforts, the tail rotor struck the ground. The helicopter began to spin at a more rapid rate and completed between 4 to 7 full 360° rotations. The helicopter came to rest on its right side.

A post accident examination of the helicopter by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the main rotor, fuselage and tail boom. The inspector stated that he confirmed flight control continuity from the main rotor to the tail section. An examination of the engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunction or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N7532R
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Garden State Helicopters
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCDW, 173 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 11000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lincoln Park, NJ (N07)
Destination: Lincoln Park, NJ (N07)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.947500, -74.314444 (est)

No injuries were reported when a helicopter tipped over around 4:20 p.m. during a training session at Lincoln Park airport, local police said.

The pilot was performing maneuvers over a small grassy area when the tail rotor struck the ground, rolling the copter onto its side, Lincoln Park Police Detective Mike Bono said.

Flight training school "Aero Safety Training" operates out of the privately-owned airport but police did not know if the pilot was an employee or student from the school, Bono said.

Further investigation will be handled by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Original article can be found here ➤

Two people escaped without any injuries after a helicopter they were in crashed during a training session at Lincoln Park Airport on Thursday afternoon.

The pair were doing a “practice hover” about 20 feet off the ground at 4:20 p.m. when the Robinson R22 helicopter’s tail rotor hit the ground. The impact caused it to crash and then roll over onto its side on a grassy area of the airport, the Lincoln Park Police and the FAA said.

Lincoln Park Police Det. Mike Bono did not release the names of the pilot or trainee aboard the helicopter but said neither was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating the crash Thursday night.

Original article can be found here ➤

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