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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134796
Last updated: 20 November 2017
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Date:28-MAY-2005
Time:11:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:Concrete Paving Contractors Inc
Registration: N7015Q
C/n / msn: 462
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Lucerne Valley, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Redlands, CA (L12)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On May 28, 2005, about 11:50 PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), a Robinson R44, N7015Q, impacted terrain while maneuvering during low-level flight near Lucerne Valley, California. Concrete Paving Contractors, Inc., was operating the helicopter under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The owner, a private pilot, a certified flight instructor (CFI) safety pilot, and one passenger were seriously injured; the helicopter was destroyed following a post impact fire.

The local personal flight departed Redlands, California, at 09:51 PDT. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The approximate global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the primary wreckage were 34 degrees 37.46 minutes north latitude and 116 degrees 41.02 minutes west longitude.

Witnesses observed the helicopter in the area, flying low during a desert off road race. The helicopter crossed the racecourse on a southbound heading. Witness reported that shortly after crossing the racecourse, it appeared that the helicopter was attempting to reverse course back towards the north. The helicopter pitched nose down, and leveled off just before it impacted into a dry stream bed. Upon impact, the helicopter burst into flames. All three people on board the helicopter sustained burns while exiting the burning helicopter.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: the pilot's failure to maintain adequate main rotor rpm and directional control while maneuvering at low altitude. Contributing factors in the accident were the helicopter's gross weight in excess of the maximum hover out of ground effect limit, a high density altitude, and the pilot's lack of overall experience with regard to low rpm and settling-with-power recovery techniques.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: LAX05FA189 http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20050601X00698&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=7015Q


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Sep-2016 00:12 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Sep-2016 16:17 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Sep-2016 16:18 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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