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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14031
Last updated: 17 April 2019
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Date:09-APR-1981
Time:14:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22
Owner/operator:Lallier Automotive
Registration: C-GBPK
C/n / msn: 0118
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:El Paso International Airport, El Paso, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Lordsburg Municipal Airport, Lordsburg, New Mexico
Destination airport:El Paso International Airport El Paso, Texas (ELP/KELP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) April 9, 1981 when crashed on approach to El Paso International Airport, El Paso, Texas, during a ferry/positioning flight from Lordsburg, New Mexico. The helicopter was observed descending with low rotor rpm. Aircraft caught fire after impact. Both persons on board - pilot and one passenger - were killed. The pilot had accumulated approximately 21 hours in all otr time in turbo powered helicopters.

According to the official NTSB report into the accident: "PROBABLE CAUSE(S) - PILOT IN COMMAND - FAILED TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE MAIN ROTOR R.P.M. LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT

(C-GBPK c/no 0118: registered 24/2/1981: crashed El Paso Texas 9/4/1981. Canadian registration cancelled 4/11/1981).

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: FTW81FA068 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=27791&key=0
2. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=1280
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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
16-Jan-2012 07:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2016 18:29 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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