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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174329
Last updated: 4 June 2020
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Time:05:00 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:Kelley P Kite
Registration: N77KK
C/n / msn: 1052
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Vero Beach Municipal Airport, Vero Beach, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Vero Beach Municipal Airport, Vero Beach, Florida (VRB/KVRB)
Destination airport:
On January 23, 2004, about 05:00 EST (Eastern Standard Time), a Robinson R44, N77KK, listed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as "Registration Pending", rolled over while hover taxiing at the Vero Beach Municipal Airport, Vero Beach, Florida (VRB). Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the private-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated he went out to warm up the helicopter about 05:00 EST, and while hover taxiing north to re-position the helicopter for a planned flight at 07:30 EST, the left skid contacted a hedge bush row and the helicopter rolled onto its left side. He further stated there was no mechanical failure or malfunction. His biennial flight review expired February 28, 2003.

Probable Cause: The failure of the pilot to maintain clearance with bushed resulting in in-flight contact and subsequent dynamic roll-over.

Robinson R44 N77KK was presumably written off (damaged beyond repair) as the registration was cancelled by the FAA on October 5, 2005. As noted above, the R44 was "registration pending" at the time of the above accident, and ironically, it was not formally registered with the FAA until April 15, 2004, some three months AFTER it crashed!


1. NTSB Identification: MIA04CA048 at
2. FAA register:
3. (page 6)

Revision history:

07-Mar-2015 18:00 Noro Added
02-Sep-2016 22:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2018 00:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Oct-2018 00:41 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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