Monday, August 30, 2021

Robinson R22 Beta, N827SH: Accident occurred August 27, 2021 in Arnaudville, Louisiana

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; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1 Acadiana Helicopters Company LLC

Location: Arnaudville, LA
Accident Number: CEN21LA389
Date & Time: August 27, 2021, 07:15 Local
Registration: N827SH
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

On August 27, 2021, about 0715 central daylight time, a Robinson R22 helicopter, N827SH, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Arnaudville, Louisiana. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight.

According to the pilot, while attempting to land at his staging location for a planned aerial application flight, the helicopter began to rotate to the right. The pilot was unable to regain control, the helicopter skids impacted a dirt field, and the helicopter rolled over onto its right side.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to its main rotor blades and fuselage. While disassembling the helicopter for recovery, the tail rotor output shaft was found fractured. The shaft was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N827SH
Model/Series: R22 BETA 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLFT,42 ft msl 
Observation Time: 06:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Arnaudville, LA
Destination: Arnaudville, LA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.395296,-91.934586 (est)

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