Monday, January 27, 2020

Robinson R22 Beta II, N8364Y: Accident occurred January 24, 2020 in Charlotte, Atascosa County, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Location: Charlotte, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA066
Date & Time: 01/24/2020, 1750 CST
Registration: N8364Y
Aircraft: Robinson R22
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 24, 2020, at 1750 central standard time, a Robinson R22, N8364Y, impacted terrain during landing on field near Charlotte, Texas. The helicopter received substantial damage. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to Flying J Services LLC and was operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined to Jourdanton, Texas.

The pilot stated that after he had finished herding animals into a pen at the family farm, he took off and saw several feral hogs in an adjacent pasture. He turned the helicopter back to land so that he could pick up a helper to eradicate the hogs from the pasture, which was used for crops. The pilot stated that the sun was in his face and dust had kicked up from the helicopter's rotor wash. The pilot made a pedal turn, and the tail rotor stuck a powerline that was next to a road. The helicopter began to spin, and he pulled the cyclic control into his stomach to maintain level flight. He then dropped the collective, and the helicopter impacted the ground.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N8364Y
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling: None
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Charlotte, TX
Destination: Charlotte, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 28.953611, -98.764722 (est)

Sheriff David Soward
Atascosa County, Texas
UPDATE 1/25/20

"Injuries sustained by the young man in this helicopter crash appear not to be as severe as initially thought. Power of Prayers definitely helps. Thank you and I am more than certain he and his family are thankful as well."  

January 24th "We need lots of prayers for one of our local citizens who is a family friend involved in an accident shortly before 6:00 p.m. No other details for release at this time."

SAN ANTONIO — One person was flown to the hospital Friday evening after a helicopter crashed.

Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward said the helicopter went down around 6:30 p.m., north of Charlotte on County Road 309.

Sheriff Soward confirmed there was only one person on board.

The pilot had some injuries and was airlifted to University Hospital. 

Sheriff Soward said he does not believe the injuries were life threatening.

The Department of Public Safety was on the scene but is waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Original article can be found here ➤

ATASCOSA COUNTY, TEXAS – A pilot was hospitalized after a helicopter crash in Atascosa County Friday afternoon.

The crash happened near the intersection of County Road 312 and County Road 309, north of Charlotte.

Officials say the pilot was airlifted from the scene and is receiving treatment at University Hospital.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. Sooo ... He didn't really need the Medivac ... The injuries will occur when he gets the bill for what he didn't need.