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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 190772
Last updated: 13 November 2019
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Date:29-APR-1977
Time:08:30 PDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R-22
Owner/operator:Robinson Helicopters Inc
Registration: N67010
C/n / msn: 001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pacific Ocean, off Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Zamperini Field, Torrance, California (TOA/KTOA)
Destination airport:Zamperini Field, Torrance, California (TOA/KTOA)
Narrative:
After its crash on December 22, 1975 (which see) the prototype Robinson R-22, registration N67010, was repaired and rejoined the test flying program with the intention of of getting the helicopters full FAA type approval. However, N67010 crashed a second time on April 29, 1977 into the Pacific Ocean near Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California (at approximate co ordinates 3345′30″N 11821′51″W) when the Tail Cone Bulkhead Failed, during a solo Engineering Test Flight to and from Robinson Helicopters Flight Text Centre at Zamperini Field, Torrance, Calfornia (TOA/KTOA)

According to the following excerpt from the official NTSB report into the accident: "EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES - FORCED LANDING OFF AIRPORT ON WATER: PROP/ENGINE VIBRATION. PITCH CONTROL PROBLEM. TAIL CONE BULKHEAD FAILED. ENGINEERING TEST FLIGHT. BULKHEAD IS BEING REDESIGNED."

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: LAX77FUA11 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=51709&key=0&queryId=00a45b1e-378c-46aa-a37a-48685b995b9a&pgsize=50
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=67010
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=33304
4. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://coptercrazy.brinkster.net/search/r22show.asp?start=1&count=50]


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Oct-2016 15:02 Dr.John Smith Added
20-Oct-2016 15:03 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
20-Oct-2016 15:06 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
20-Oct-2016 15:07 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport]

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