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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44205
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 II
Owner/operator:Patrick Samal
Registration: N447SH
C/n / msn: 10367
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Minden, NV -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Minden, NV (MEV)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
During a short-distance positioning flight, the helicopter descended uncontrolled into terrain about 5 minutes after departure. There was evidence that the main rotor diverged from its normal plane of rotation and severed the tailboom. Review of the pilot's personal flight logbooks showed that he had over 500 hours of flight time in helicopters. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident with light winds and clear sky conditions. Examination of the wreckage showed that the fuel control return fuel line B-nut was not threaded to the fuel control fitting assembly and was melted. Metallurgical examination could not ascertain whether or not the B-nut was secured to the fuel control prior to the accident. CAUSE: The divergence of the main rotor from its normal plane of rotation for an undetermined reason, which resulted in main rotor/tail boom contact and loss of control.


Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
18-Apr-2009 12:18 Updated
06-Jun-2014 16:26 TB Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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