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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 238442
Last updated: 15 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 II
Registration: C-FPBL
C/n / msn: 13276
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thorburn Lake, W of Clarenville, NL -   Canada
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Springdale Airport, NL (CCD2)
Destination airport:Thorburn Lake, NL (CCW5)
A privately operated Robinson R44 helicopter, was on a multi leg cross-country pleasure flight. The helicopter departed Springdale Airport Newfoundland (CCD2) with the intent to refuel at an aircraft maintenance facility located on the north-east side of Thorburn Lake, Newfoundland (CCW5). Upon arrival at Thorburn Lake the helicopter completed a precautionary circuit over the planned landing site; a gravel parking lot surrounded by trees. The helicopter returned to the parking lot and carried out an approach to about tree top level. It then entered a hover and began to climb vertically. When the helicopter reached approximately 75 feet above tree top level it began small yaw and pitch movements which increase in amplitude over a short period of time. Control was lost and the main rotor blades made contact with and severed approximately four feet of the tail boom that included the tail rotor assembly. The helicopter and the tail rotor assembly fell vertically into a stand of trees and came to rest upright on the forest floor. The pilot and front seat passenger sustained multiple serious injuries and passenger in the RH rear seat was fatally injured. Witnesses close by provided first aid to the occupants and extinguished a small non-fuel
fed fire in the area of the LH engine manifold. The helicopter was destroyed.

TSB A20A0027


Revision history:

21-Jul-2020 02:18 Geno Added
21-Jul-2020 15:56 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type]
21-Jul-2020 16:08 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
23-Jul-2020 19:21 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
01-Aug-2020 06:34 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]

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