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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 217249
Last updated: 29 October 2019
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Date:18-JAN-1993
Time:12:39
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R-22 BETA
Owner/operator:Verticare Helicopters
Registration: N2304P
C/n / msn: 1928
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Watsonville, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Salinas, CA (SNS)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PILOT AND PASSENGER WERE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING PERSON IN A RIVER. THE PILOT DIVERTED HIS ATTENTION WHILE SEARCHING FOR THE PERSON AND FAILED TO SEE THE WIRES THAT CROSSED THE RIVER. THE HELICOPTER PLUNGED TO THE GROUND AFTER COLLIDING WITH THE WIRES. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE DID NOT ENCOUNTER ANY PREEXISTING HELICOPTER MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES.

Probable Cause: PILOT'S POOR VISUAL LOOK-OUT. A FACTOR RELATING TO THIS ACCIDENT WAS THAT THE PILOT DIVERTED HIS ATTENTION.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001211X11715&key=1

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-94-81 issued 11 April 1994 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-94-82 issued 11 April 1994 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-94-83 issued 11 April 1994 by NTSB to GENERAL AVIATION MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

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