Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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

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; Juneau, Alaska

Helicopter Air Alaska LLC

Location: Ketchikan, AK 
Accident Number: ANC20CA068
Date & Time: July 10, 2020
Registration: N878CB
Aircraft: Robinson R44
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N878CB
Model/Series: R44 II 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held:
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAKT, 80 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1800 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2300 ft AG
L Visibility: 5 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Neets Bay, AK
Destination: Ketchikan, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A 
Latitude, Longitude: 55.766944,-131.416946 (est)


  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.