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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 175191
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:Timberline Aviation Services LLC
Registration: N323TC
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Daytona Beach, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Spruce Creek Airport
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airline transport certificated pilot was departing from the airport's heliport for a local area business flight. He said that gusty wind conditions prevailed during the accident takeoff, and that just after takeoff, while hover taxiing to the active runway, a strong gust of wind from the right pushed the helicopter to the left, and over an area of grass-covered terrain. The helicopter subsequently descended, the left skid contacted an area of grass-covered terrain, and the helicopter began to roll to the left. As the roll continued, the main rotor blades contacted terrain, and the helicopter rolled onto its left side. The helicopter sustained structural damage to the tail boom, fuselage, and to the main rotor and tail rotor drive systems. The pilot noted that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the helicopter.

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions while hover taxiing, which resulted in a loss of control and subsequent in-flight collision with terrain and a rollover of the helicopter. A factor associated with the accident was a gusty wind condition.


Revision history:

07-Apr-2015 20:49 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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