Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Dynamic Rollover: Robinson R22 Beta, N7087X; accident occurred March 28, 2022 in Garnett, Anderson County, Kansas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Garnett, Kansas 
Accident Number: CEN22LA158
Date and Time: March 26, 2022, 16:30 Local 
Registration: N7087X
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Dynamic rollover 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


After refueling the helicopter, the pilot entered into a light hover to return to his hangar. Due to obstacles on the left side of the helicopter, the pilot attempted to hover taxi horizontally to the right. While executing this maneuver, the right skid contacted the ramp and the helicopter entered into a dynamic rollover and came to rest on its right side, which resulted in substantial damage to the main rotor. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain lateral control while hovering which resulted in a dynamic rollover.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Lateral/bank control - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-hover Dynamic rollover (Defining event)
Maneuvering-hover Loss of control in flight
Maneuvering-hover Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight instructor
Age: 74,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: BasicMed 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 11, 2021
Flight Time: 6115 hours (Total, all aircraft), 293 hours (Total, this make and model), 5647 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N7087X
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2829
Landing Gear Type: Skid 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 3, 2021 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1370 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1798 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-360
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 145
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KUKL,1173 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 16:35 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 274°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / -12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Garnett, KS (K68)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Garnett, KS (K68)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 15:10 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Garnett Municipal Airport K68
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 988 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 38.277306,-95.215222 (est)

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