Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Robinson R44 Cadet, N4050X: Accident occurred October 02, 2019 at McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ), Carlsbad, San Diego County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego

Robinson Helicopter Company


NTSB Identification: GAA20CA002
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 02, 2019 in Carlsbad, CA
Aircraft: ROBINSON R44, registration: N4050X

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Rotorcraft lost control on landing and rolled over.

Date: 02-OCT-19
Time: 20:45:00Z
Regis#: N4050X
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

CARLSBAD, California -- A helicopter crashed while landing at a North County airport Wednesday afternoon, but neither of the two people on board were injured, authorities said.

The Robinson R44 Cadet was landing at McClellan-Palomar Airport around 1:45 p.m. when it rolled on its side, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Video from SkyFOX showed the helicopter on its side near a square landing platform. The rotor blades were bent and badly damaged, but the cockpit was intact and did not catch fire, according to San Diego County communications specialist Gig Counaughton.

The pilot and a passenger walked away from the crash without injuries, Gregor said. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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