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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 136127
Last updated: 4 November 2019
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Date:12-OCT-1984
Time:23:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22
Owner/operator:Larry Cottingham
Registration: N90218
C/n / msn: 0034
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Hueytown, Alabama -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
First registration as N90218 on July 4, 1980: Substantially damaged October 12, 1984 when crashed into a river a Hueytown, Alabama. The pilot (the sole person on board) survived, although severely injured. Accoarding to thre official NTSB report into the accident:

"THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO A RIVER WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH TO LAND. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE ALLOWED ENGINE RPM TO DROP, AND AT THE SAME TIME APPLIED COLLECTIVE PITCH. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE WATER IN A STEEP DESCENT. THERE WAS NO REPORT OF ANY FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS.

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

THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL, IMPROPER USE OF: PILOT IN COMMAND
ROTORCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROLS, IMPROPER USE OF: PILOT IN COMMAND

Contributing Factors:
TERRAIN CONDITION: WATER,GLASSY
LIGHT CONDITION: DARK NIGHT"

Despite initial assertions that the aircraft was a write off (damaged beyond repair), and the fact that the registration N90218 was cancelled on March 22, 1989, this particular Robinson R22 was rebuilt, and registered in the UK on March 28, 1989 as G-BPTR. However, as G-BPTR, it was written off for the second and final time on August 23, 1992 when it struck overhead power cables and crashed at Lower Stretton, near Warrington, Cheshire (see link #6)

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: ATL85LA010 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001214X41274&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=90218
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=1243
4. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://coptercrazy.brinkster.net/search/r22show.asp?start=1&count=50]
5. https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=BPTR
6. Second crash on 23-08-1992: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/web_db_edit.php?id=190180


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Sep-2016 21:58 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
17-Sep-2016 22:34 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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