Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Robinson R44 Raven II, N555EL: Accident occurred October 10, 2021 in Palmer, Alaska

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; Anchorage, Alaska

Pollux Aviation Ltd


Location: Palmer, AK
Accident Number: ANC22LA001
Date & Time: October 10, 2021, 13:20 Local
Registration: N555EL
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled - Sightseeing

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N555EL
Model/Series: R44 II 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft external load (133), Commuter air carrier (135), Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAAQ,230 ft msl 
Observation Time: 00:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2500 ft AGL 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.69 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Palmer, AK
Destination: Palmer, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.40406,-148.60457 (est)

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