Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Robinson R22, N566BC: Accident occurred October 18, 2020 in Winder, Barrow County, Georgia

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; Atlanta, Georgia 

Location: Winder, GA
Accident Number: ERA21LA024
Date & Time: October 18, 2020, 10:59 Local 
Registration: N566BC
Aircraft: Robinson R22 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 18, 2020, about 1059 eastern daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter R22 Beta, N566BC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Winder, Georgia. The private pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he flew from Gwinnett County Airport (LZU), Lawrenceville, Georgia to Barrow County Airport (WDR), Winder, Georgia to practice takeoffs and landings. On the fifth circuit around the pattern, he performed a touch-and-go landing. After takeoff, as he was turning onto a left crosswind, he heard a “metal against metal” noise and the helicopter “jerked.” He began to look for a clearing to land the helicopter. The helicopter jerked again and he believed there was a loss of power. He was unable to reach a clear area and the helicopter descended through trees and collided with the ground. The pilot was met by first responders and was taken to a local hospital.

Inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The helicopter came to rest on its left side. The fuselage, tail boom, main rotor, and tail rotor were damaged. The inspectors noted that the drive system v-belts were shredded and only a small portion of the belts were found.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson 
Registration: N566BC
Model/Series: R22 Beta 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KWDR,943 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.39 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lawrenceville, GA (LZU) 
Destination: Winder, GA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.003829,-83.667184 (est)

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