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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216436
Last updated: 12 June 2020
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Time:07:30 EDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven II
Owner/operator:Carolina Kidney, Inc.
Registration: N442RD
C/n / msn: 10237
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Goldsboro, North Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Destination airport:Goldsboro, North Carolina
On July 28, 2004, about 07:30 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), a Robinson R44 Raven II, N442RD, registered to Carolina Kidney, Inc., and operated by the private pilot, collided with the ground during landing at a private residential helipad in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 with no flight plan filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The private pilot reported no injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The flight departed Emerald Isle, North Carolina, about 07:00 EDT on July 28, 2004.

According to the pilot, he executed a landing on a concrete helipad that was elevated approximately six inches above the ground. He stated the helicopter touched down slightly off center, and he attempted to re-position the helicopter on the pad. The pilot stated that, during re-positioning, the rear of the skids went off the rear of the pad, the helicopter tilted backward, and the tail rotor struck the ground.

Examination of the accident site revealed the concrete helipad was approximately 13 feet long and 13 feet wide, and the width between the helicopter's skids was seven feet. Examination of the helicopter revealed the ninety-degree gearbox was separated, the tail rotor was separated and fragmented, and the lower portion of the vertical fin was crushed. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunction with the helicopter

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to obtain the proper touchdown point during landing on a helipad with an exposed edge, which resulted in an in-flight collision with terrain.


1. NTSB Identification: ATL04LA155 at
2. FAA Registration:

Revision history:

19-Oct-2018 22:19 Dr.John Smith Added

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