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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174329
Last updated: 20 November 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:Kelley P. Kite
Registration: N77KK
C/n / msn: 1052
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Vero Beach Municipal Airport, Vero Beach, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Vero Beach Municipal Airport (VRB/KVRB)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On January 23, 2004, about 05:00 EST (Eastern Standard Time), a Robinson R44, N77KK, listed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as "Registration Pending", rolled over while hover taxiing at the Vero Beach Municipal Airport, Vero Beach, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight.

The helicopter was substantially damaged and the private-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The flight was originating at the time of the accident. The pilot stated he went out to warm up the helicopter about 05:00 EST, and while hover taxiing north to re-position the helicopter for a planned flight at 07:30 EST, the left skid contacted a hedge bush row and the helicopter rolled onto its left side. He further stated there was no mechanical failure or malfunction. His biennial flight review expired February 28, 2003.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The failure of the pilot to maintain clearance with bushed resulting in in-flight contact and subsequent dynamic roll-over.


1. NTSB Identification: MIA04CA048 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

07-Mar-2015 18:00 Noro Added
02-Sep-2016 22:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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