Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Dynamic Rollover: Robinson R22 Beta, N10786; accident occurred February 18, 2020 in Cotulla, La Salle County, Texas

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Cotulla, TX
Accident Number: CEN20CA090
Date & Time: 02/18/2020, 0820 CST
Registration: N10786
Aircraft: Robinson R22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Dynamic rollover
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

The commercial pilot was attempting to takeoff from a trailer in a helicopter to conduct an aerial survey. During the lift off from the trailer, the helicopter rolled right and impacted the ground. A post accident inspection revealed that the right skid tie-down to the trailer had not been removed prior to the takeoff attempt. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied:Unknown 
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/28/2019
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/26/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N10786
Model/Series: R22 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1993
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:Normal 
Serial Number: 2267
Landing Gear Type: Skid;
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/10/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1369 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 6.4 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1567.4 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-320-B2C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 1253 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  3 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Mist; No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cotulla, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cotulla, TX
Type of Clearance:None 
Departure Time:  CST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 28.458056, -99.220000 (est)

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