Accident Robinson R66 Turbine N266RK, 05 Oct 2021
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 268368
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Time:13:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R66 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robinson R66 Turbine
Owner/operator:Thompson Flying Service LLC
Registration: N266RK
MSN: 0563
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Delta, Cape Girardeau County, MO -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Delta, MO (Priv)
Destination airport:Delta, MO (Priv)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that during spray operations the helicopter contacted a wire and then impacted terrain, which damaged the main rotor mast and tail boom. Following the accident, the pilot realized the poles holding the wire were concealed by trees and that he should have conducted a more thorough inflight survey of the spray area. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate inflight planning and his failure to see and avoid a wire which resulted in contact with the wire and subsequent ground impact.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

06-Oct-2021 02:49 Geno Added
06-Oct-2021 12:59 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2022 07:08 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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