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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37488
Last updated: 28 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:Uni West Aviation Inc
Registration: N445RH
C/n / msn: 005
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:El Monte Airport, El Monte, California -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:El Monte, California (EMT/KEMT)
Destination airport:El Monte, California (EMT/KEMT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On July 31, 1993, at 13:49 hours PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), a Robinson R44 helicopter, N445RH, crashed during takeoff at El Monte airport, El Monte, California. The helicopter was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) personal flight in the local area when the accident occurred. The helicopter, registered to, and operated by, Uni West Aviation Inc., Alhambra, California, was destroyed by impact and post impact fire. The certificated private pilot, and two passengers received fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

The helicopter was cleared for takeoff by the El Monte Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and departed from a hover at the approach end of runway 19. Several witness reported that the pilot maintained the runway heading over the centerline. The takeoff and initial climb appeared normal. About 50 to 100 feet above the ground (AGL), and at 50 knots of airspeed, the helicopter rapidly descended to the runway in about a 35 degree nose down attitude with about a 30 degree right bank. The helicopter struck runway 19 about 1,900 feet from the departure end. An intense post crash fire erupted and the fuselage came to rest about 300 feet from the initial point of impact.

The accident occurred during the hours of daylight at latitude 34 degrees 05.16 minutes north and longitude 118 degrees 02.09 minutes west.


1. NTSB Identification: LAX93FA311 at
2. FAA:

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-94-98 issued 25 April 1994 by NTSB to FAA

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
25-Jul-2016 15:45 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2016 17:57 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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