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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45025
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:Robinson Helicopter Company
Registration: N442RH
C/n / msn: 0002
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Zamperini Field, Torrance, California -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Zamperini Field, Torrance, Calfornia (TOA/KTOA)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On November 6, 2003, at 15:28 PST (Pacific Standard Time), a Robinson R22 Beta II, N206TV, and a Robinson R44, N442RH, collided in midair while in the traffic pattern at Zamperini Field, Torrance, California. Pacific Coast Helicopters was operating the R22 under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. Robinson Helicopter Company was operating the R44 under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The solo student pilot in the R22 sustained serious injuries. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and the private pilot undergoing instruction (PUI) in the R44 sustained fatal injuries.

Both helicopters were destroyed; a post crash fire partially consumed the R44. The R22 departed on a local instructional flight about 14:42 PST. The R44 departed on a local instructional flight about 14:49 PST. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plans had been filed. The R22 came to rest between runways 29R and 29L; approximate global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the primary wreckage were 33 degrees 48.275 minutes north latitude and 118 degrees 20.536 minutes west longitude.

The R44 came to rest on the departure end of runway 29L; approximate global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the primary wreckage were 33 degrees 48.277 minutes north latitude and 118 degrees 20.584 minutes west longitude.

The instructor for the solo student had been watching him during his flight. The student flew the R22 from its parking area between taxiways D and E to a helipad north of runway 29R. The student practiced on the helipad, and then completed several touch-and-go landings to the helipad. He requested a return to his parking area. Upon hearing this request, the instructor turned the volume of his radio down, and turned away to talk to a bystander.

One witness reported that the R44 was speeding up and increasing in altitude as it took off straight ahead on runway 29L. He first observed the R22 when it was over runway 29R, or slightly north of it. The R22 was starting to descend as it was transiting across the left runway to the southwest, and appeared to be heading toward its landing area.

Other witnesses pointed out that the R22 was above the R44. The R44 seemed to increase its climb rate just before the collision. The two helicopters collided about 50 feet in the air over runway 29L. The R22 spun left several times before it contacted the ground.


1. NTSB Identification: LAX04FA037B at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
02-Sep-2016 22:29 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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