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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 175191
Last updated: 23 June 2019
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Date:18-FEB-2004
Time:13:00 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:Timberline Aviation Services LLC
Registration: N323TC
C/n / msn: 10215
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Spruce Creek Airport, Port Orange, Daytona Beach, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Spruce Creek Airport, Daytona Beach, Florida (FAA LID: 7FL6)
Destination airport:Spruce Creek Airport, Daytona Beach, Florida (FAA LID: 7FL6)
Narrative:
On February 18, 2004, about 13:00 EST (Eastern Standard Time), a skid-equipped Robinson R-44 helicopter, N323TC, sustained substantial damage when it collided with terrain during aerial taxi for takeoff from the Spruce Creek Airport, Port Orange, Daytona Beach, Florida. The helicopter was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) business flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The helicopter was operated by Timberline Aviation Services LLC, a real estate development company, of Knoxville, Tennessee. The airline transport certificated pilot and the two passengers received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight, and no flight plan was filed.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), on February 19, the pilot, who is an employee of the real estate development company, reported that the purpose of the flight was to look over an area for a prospective airpark renovation. The pilot added that gusty wind conditions prevailed during the accident takeoff. He said that just after takeoff, as he hover taxied the helicopter towards runway 05, a strong gust of wind from the right pushed the helicopter to the left, and over an area of grass-covered terrain. He said that the helicopter subsequently descended, the left skid contacted an area of grass-covered terrain, and the helicopter began to roll to the left. As the roll continued, the main rotor blades contacted the grass-covered terrain, and the helicopter rolled onto its left side. The helicopter sustained structural damage to the tail boom, fuselage, and to the main rotor and tail rotor drive systems. The pilot noted that there were no pre-accident mechanical anomalies with the helicopter.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions while hover taxiing, which resulted in a loss of control and subsequent in-flight collision with terrain and a rollover of the helicopter. A factor associated with the accident was a gusty wind condition.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: ANC04LA024 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20040305X00269&ntsbno=ANC04LA024&akey=1
2. FAA: https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=323TC
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=1094
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spruce_Creek_Airport


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Apr-2015 20:49 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2018 00:54 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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