Sunday, November 22, 2020

Controlled Flight Into Terrain: Robinson R44 II, N716JL; accident occurred February 20, 2020 in Talkeetna, Alaska

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Talkeetna, Alaska 
Accident Number: ANC20CA023
Date & Time: February 20, 2020, 
Registration: N716JL
Aircraft: Robinson R44 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT) 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private 
Age: 53,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: April 12, 2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 14650 hours (Total, all aircraft), 475 hours (Total, this make and model), 14500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Passenger Information

Certificate: Age:
Airplane Rating(s): 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N716JL
Model/Series: R44 II 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 10463
Landing Gear Type: N/A; Skid
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 5, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2728 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540 AE1A5
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 245 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAEC,1400 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 23:49 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 119°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Visibility 5 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1000 ft AGL 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 28.81 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - None - Mist
Departure Point: Talkeetna, AK (09AA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Talkeetna, AK (PATK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Sheldon Chalet 09AA
Runway Surface Type: Snow
Airport Elevation: 5742 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Snow
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Valley/terrain following

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:63.048889,-150.770553(est)

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