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Robinson R44 Raven II, N3297Q: Accident occurred April 16, 2022 at South Valley Regional Airport (U42), West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah

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; Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Helicopter LLC


Location: Salk Lake City, Utah
Accident Number: WPR22LA157
Date and Time: April 16, 2022, 13:30 Local 
Registration: N3297Q
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N3297Q
Model/Series: R44 II 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KU42,4603 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Wind
Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / 17 knots, 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.77 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Salk Lake City, UT 
Destination: Salk Lake City, UT

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.619556,-111.99288 (est)

Rotorcraft performing touch and go's on taxiway, rolled to the right and ended up on its side. 

Date: 16-APR-22
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N3297Q
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: SALT LAKE CITY
State: UTAH

2 comments:

  1. I was there on the day of this accident but did not see it as I was in my aircraft preparing to fly and faced the opposite direction from where this occurred. When started up and started my taxi out, that’s when noticed the accident. It was very windy that day- around 15-20 knots out of the south. I taxied to runway 16 but after my run up I noticed the wi SS had shifted out of the north. I then proceeded to taxi to the opposite end of the airport to runway 34. So, the wind was pretty good that day and I did see the accident helicopter out working the pattern and even doing some auto rotations I believe. Probably not the best day to be out doing that. I can’t help but think the strong winds that day had something to do with this accident.

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