Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Robinson R44, N500DL: Accident occurred October 16, 2020 in Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada

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; Las Vegas, Nevada

Spring Mountain Raceway LLC

Location: Pahrump, NV 
Accident Number: WPR21LA021
Date & Time: October 16, 2020, Local 
Registration: N500DL
Aircraft: Robinson R44 
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson 
Registration: N500DL
Model/Series: R44 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 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: KDRA,3230 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /-10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pahrump, NV
Destination: Pahrump, NV

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.165812,-115.90381 

A helicopter landed in a lake in Pahrump and sank to the bottom Friday morning, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were called about 10:10 a.m. after a report of the crash at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club, 5767 state Route 160, which is about 60 miles west of Las Vegas, Capt. David Boruchowitz said.

“It was more of an accidental unplanned landing,” he said, adding that the pilot was not harmed.

The Federal Aviation Administration has since taken over the investigation, Boruchowitz said.

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