Accident Robinson R44 II N804DF, 16 Jul 2015
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 290919
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Time:08:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robinson R44 II
Registration: N804DF
MSN: 11265
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Prairie Lea, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Fentress, TX (X590)
Destination airport:Fentress, TX (X590)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter pilot reported that while flying at a low altitude and low airspeed, over tree-covered terrain, he made a steep left turn downwind, and the low rotor rpm horn sounded. He stated that he lowered the collective slightly and rolled on throttle, but the helicopter descended and impacted trees and terrain.

The pilot reported that he completed a damage assessment and flew the helicopter to his home airport without further incident. Substantial damage was sustained to the helicopter left aft fuselage frame assembly.


Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain rotor rpm, resulting in an uncontrolled descent and collision with trees.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

5 Jul 2008 N804DF Helicopter Tours of Texas 0 Canyon Lake, Cormal County, Texas sub
19 Feb 2017 N804DF Private 0 Spofford, TX sub
Loss of control.


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07-Oct-2022 07:18 ASN Update Bot Added

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