Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Robinson R22 BETA, N7186K: Accident occurred July 08, 2020 in Venice, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

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.

Location: Venice, LA
Accident Number: CEN20LA282
Date & Time: 07/08/2020, 1000 CDT
Registration: N7186K
Aircraft: Robinson R22
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business

On July 8, 2020, a Robinson R-22 helicopter, N7186K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Venice, Louisiana. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight.

The pilot was conducting an alligator nesting survey at about 30 ft above the ground (AGL) when there was a partial loss of engine power. He successfully autorotated to the swampy terrain where the helicopter settled to the left when the left skid sunk into the ground. The main rotor blades subsequently impacted the ground. The main rotor pitch links were damaged when the main rotors hit the ground, substantially damaging the helicopter. The helicopter was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N7186K
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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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: 29.480000, -89.341667 (est)

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