Sunday, December 20, 2020

Robinson R44 Raven I, N3264U: Accident occurred December 20, 2020 at Morris Municipal Airport (C09), Grundy County, Illinois

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;  Des Plaines, Illinois 


Location: Morris, IL 
Accident Number: CEN21LA095
Date & Time: December 20, 2020, 16:45 Local 
Registration: N3264U
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R44
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER
Registration: N3264U
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: KC09,584 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.8 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Morris, IL 
Destination: Morris, IL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 41.42475,-88.418667 

A helicopter was blown onto its side by a gust of wind Sunday afternoon at Morris Municipal Airport in the far southwestern suburb, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.

At approximately 4:45 p.m., the pilot of a Robinson R44 helicopter was practicing a "touch and go" maneuver on the runway when the rotorcraft blew onto its side.

One person, the pilot, was aboard at the time, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Information about that individual's condition wasn't immediately available.

The incident remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

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