Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Robinson R44 Astro, N8348X: Accident occurred April 05, 2021 in Johnson, Stanton County, Kansas

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; Wichita, Kansas Location: Johnson, KS
Accident Number: CEN21LA184
Date & Time: April 5, 2021, 17:00 Local 
Registration: N8348X
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 5, 2021, at 1700 central daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter R44, N8348X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Johnson, Kansas. The pilot and one passenger were not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to statements provided by the pilot and pilot-rated passenger, they were using the helicopter to check their wheat fields. The wind was from about 180° at 10 knots and the helicopter was flying south into the wind. The pilot executed a hover maneuver close to the ground and experienced a sudden yaw to the left. The helicopter completed more than one full rotation to the left, then landed hard in the field and rolled onto its left side. The pilot later stated that he did not know if there were any mechanical malfunctions but that “something felt wrong” as he transitioned into the hover.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and main rotor blades. The pilot transported the helicopter to a barn, and it has been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N8348X
Model/Series: R44
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: KSPD,4383 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 38 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /-7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Altimeter Setting: 29.64 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Johnson, KS 
Destination: Johnson, KS

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.667167,-101.988 (est)

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