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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240482
Last updated: 28 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven II
Owner/operator:Mills County Choppers Inc
Registration: N89LA
C/n / msn: 10984
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Logan, IA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Logan, IA
Destination airport:Logan, IA
Investigating agency: NTSB
A Robinson R44 Raven II sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Logan, Iowa. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

The pilot was assigned to spray a 380-acre cornfield. The pilot had just completed several spray runs and was turning to line up for another run, when he heard the engine emit a "pop" noise and the engine then accelerated. The pilot pulled pitch to slow the engine with no avail. The pilot reported he had control of the helicopter, but he did not have control of the engine speed. The pilot attempted to flare and land the helicopter; however, the helicopter impacted an area of rising terrain and came to rest on its right side.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, the main rotor system, the tailboom, and the tail rotor system. The helicopter was recovered from the accident site for a future examination of the airframe and engine.

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Revision history:

26-Aug-2020 08:19 ASN Update Bot Added
28-Aug-2020 04:38 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]

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