Sunday, March 27, 2022

CHR International Safari 400, N401TB: Accident occurred December 09, 2021 at McKinney National Airport (KTKI), Collin County, Texas

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; Irving, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: McKinney, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA068
Date and Time: December 9, 2021, 17:15 Local
Registration: N401TB
Aircraft: CHR International Safari 400
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CHR International 
Registration: N401TB
Model/Series: Safari 400
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTKI,586 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.77 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.177391,-96.591032 (est)


  1. Obviously a shoe-in for the Darwin Award

  2. This man was very fortunate to survive. Sounds as though he was burned pretty badly, so I hope he is healing well.