Friday, September 17, 2021

Robinson R66 Turbine, N888DV: Fatal accident occurred September 15, 2021 in Monticello, Jasper County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Rotorcraft crashed under unknown circumstances in Oconee National Forest. 

Monarch Helicopters Inc

Date: 15-SEP-21
Time: 16:43:00Z
Regis#: N888DV
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R66
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 3
Flight Crew 1
Pax  2
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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  1. The company's Nashville tour helicopter N827DV was destroyed while parked at Thune airport in the 2020 weather event, now this tragedy. Condolences to all.

    1. I believe they had sold it already, registration had not updated


    “”McCarter called it a "high energy impact" crash. The wreckage pathway is about 125 feet long, and the wreckage scene goes through the trees. "It's a very difficult terrain to get to," he said. The crash site was discovered around 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

    The NTSB investigates every civilian aviation accident to learn how each accident happened, with the goal of preventing future fatal incidents.

    Three factors being investigated in this crash are the pilots' skills and actions, the technical aspects of the aircraft, and environmental conditions such as the weather.

    When the helicopter went down, there were low clouds, low visibility, and rain throughout the region.””

    Scud running? VFR into IMC? To many of these accidents, truly tragic.

  3. The crash was at night. The original FAA AIN time of 16:43:00Z does not match the 8:43PM/20:43 EDT time of the final ADS-B data points south of Monticello. EDT is UTC-4, so someone apparently erred and subtracted 4 hours from EDT while composing the original AIN.

    Area radar image from 8:44PM EDT Sept 15:

    ADS-B Tracks:
    Note: The weather image overlay shown in Flightaware is from 7:40PM EDT, which is one hour before the crash.

    Mapped last ADS-B position from Flightware track log:

    Photo of wreckage:

    The S/N 1000 R66 accident aircraft was constructed in 2020. R66 helicopters ordered after February 2021 have cockpit cameras as standard equipment.

  4. It seems that this brand of helicopters have a lot of accidents.

    1. All rotor aircraft have a higher probability of a mechanical mishap over fixed wing aircraft simply due to the amount of moving parts and vibrations that fixed wings don't have. One $.45 loose cotter pin in a chopper can bring it down (and has). You won't see that in a Cessna crash report.

      That said, Robinsons are the most popular helicopter out there flying over say the classic tried and true Bell 206 most are more familiar with in news choppers and movie making. Here in metro Atlanta for example on the ADSBEX tracker site, on any given time of day, there will be about 2.5x more Robinsons flying over all other rotorcraft makes combined. So of course Robinsons will show up more on accident reports just based on statistics alone. One can make the same case for Cirrus as well regarding fixed wing.

  5. "The FAA says the helicopter left Thomasville in south Georgia Wednesday and was heading northwest when it started to have trouble.

    "During that flight towards the accident scene, there were low clouds and visibility and rain showers in the area at the time," Aaron McCarter with the National Transportation Safety Board said.

    At Friday's news conference, McCarter called it a "high-energy" crash, and said the copter crashed about 125 feet though the trees before stopping, 'Indicating that there was some ford velocity and speed associated with the accident.'

    Friday evening, the FAA released the names of the three victims.

    They are pilot Alister Pereira, age 42, pilot Charles Ogilvie, age 46, and Carson McElheney, age 40. They are all from Atlanta."
    13wmaz news


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