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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30289
Last updated: 26 September 2017
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Date:03-JAN-2000
Time:14:30 AST
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:Heli-Secure Corporation Inc
Registration: N233MP
C/n / msn: 0619
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Cayey, San Juan -   Puerto Rico
Phase: En route
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:San Juan, Puerto Rico
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On January 3, 2000, at about 14:30 AST (Atlantic Standard Time), a Robinson R44, N233MP, registered to Heli-Secure Corporation, operated by Avietch, as a 14 CFR Part 91 demonstration flight crashed during a forced landing in the vicinity of Cayey, Puerto Rico. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The commercial pilot and three passengers reported no injuries. The flight originated from San Juan, Puerto Rico, about 1 hour before the accident.

The pilot stated he was in cruise flight at 700 feet over a residential area when the helicopter experienced a reported loss of engine and rotor rpm. The pilot did not activate the carburetor heat as required by the pilot operating handbook. The pilot lowered the collective pitch and increased throttle with negative results. He initiated a forced landing to a field but realized he would not be able to reach it.

He made a forced landing to a residential carport. The right skid slipped through the roof, the aircraft rolled over on its right side and the main rotor blades collided with the roof. Examination of the airframe and flight controls revealed no evidence of a pre-crash mechanical failure or malfunction. The engine assembly was removed and mounted in a dynamometer test cell. The engine was started and produced engine power.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: MIA00FA060 at http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20001212X20402&ntsbno=MIA00FA060&akey=1faa
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=233MP
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.asp?accidentkey=1539


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
17-Dec-2011 23:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
12-Nov-2014 18:32 2.222.17.65 Updated [Cn, Narrative]
19-Aug-2016 18:41 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Country, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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