Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Dynamic Rollover: Rotorway Exec 162F, N311RM; accident occurred May 16, 2020 in Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

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


Location: Rochester, IN
Accident Number: CEN20CA180
Date & Time: 05/16/2020, 1910 EDT
Registration: N311RM
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Dynamic rollover
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The commercial pilot reported that he lost control of the helicopter during hover, which resulted in a dynamic rollover and main rotor damage. He attributed his inability to maintain control of the helicopter to a stronger than expected crosswind and that he had not flown a helicopter for about 19 years. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 84, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/28/2009
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/22/2019
Flight Time:  1357 hours (Total, all aircraft), 80 hours (Total, this make and model), 0 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROTORWAY
Registration: N311RM
Model/Series:EXEC F 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture:1997 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:Experimental 
Serial Number:1672 
Landing Gear Type:Skid 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 206 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotorway
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 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: KRCR, 791 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:1915 EDT 
Direction from Accident Site: 331°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rochester, IN (RCR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Rochester, IN (RCR)
Type of Clearance:None 
Departure Time: 1910 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Airport Information

Airport: Fulton County (RCR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation:789 ft 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 41.066111, -86.189167 (est)

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