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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146230
Last updated: 24 May 2017
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Date:10-JUN-2012
Time:19:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N744JS
C/n / msn: 13086
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:near Las Cruces,NM -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Doņa Ana County Airport (5T6), NM
Destination airport:Roswell, NM
Narrative:
A Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter went down on its side near Las Cruces, just after takeoff. The three occupants walked away unscathed. The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The sudden decrease in headwind during takeoff in a gusty wind and near a passing train, which resulted in a loss of lift and main rotor rpm. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's decision to operate the helicopter near its maximum performance capability (near gross weight at high density altitude), which resulted in a lack of reserve power available to compensate for the wind change.

Sources:

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/inland_empire&id=8696091
http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_20822002/helicopter-crash-reported-near-santa-teresa-airport
http://www.kdbc.com/news/a-helicopter-crashes-in-santa-teresa-nm
http://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/preliminary_data/events01/media/05_744JS.txt
https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120612X50927&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jun-2012 12:21 gerard57 Added
10-Jun-2012 13:19 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Jun-2012 09:41 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source]
25-Jun-2012 21:02 Geno Updated [Source]
20-May-2017 14:49 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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