Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Robinson R44 II, N878CB: Accident occurred July 10, 2020 in Ketchikan, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

Helicopter Air Alaska LLC

NTSB Identification: ANC20CA068
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, July 10, 2020 in Ketchikan, AK
Aircraft: Robinson R44, registration: N878CB

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 preparing for power line operations, at landing pad, lineman attempted to throw chainsaw bar and was sucked up into rotor. 

Date: 10-JUL-20
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N878CB
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)


  1. Now I'm not trying to pick the fly poop out of the pepper, but the way this is worded leaves me wondering if it was the chain saw bar or the lineman that was sucked up into the rotor blades??

    1. And was it main rotor or tail rotor? No injury, so it must not have drawn up the lineman. That wording that the thrown bar was sucked into the rotor seems like a cover story "I didn't throw the bar high enough to hit the blades...."

      Poor ol' Robbie took damage and was not even the helicopter's fault.

    2. I've been around helos most all of my av. career
      mech, line crew, etc. *retired few yr back"
      never saw anything "sucked up into rotor". pay attention to "lineman attempted to throw chainsaw bar"

  2. How can a chainsaw bar get sucked up. It’s not like the thing was paper. Refer to the post name.