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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37203
Last updated: 27 April 2019
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Date:15-JAN-1983
Time:09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22
Owner/operator:University of North Dakota
Registration: N9079B
C/n / msn: 0294
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Sisseton, Roberts County, South Dakota -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Sisseton, Roberts County, South Dakota
Destination airport:Grand Forks, North Dakota (GFK/KGFK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE HELICOPTER CRASHED IN AN OPEN FIELD SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF IN ADVERSE WEATHER. THE PILOT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED AND HAD RECEIVED WEATHER BRIEFINGS BY TELEPHONE FROM A FLIGHT SERVICE STATION. THE FORECAST WAS NOT FAVORABLE, BUT THE PILOT STATED 'WELL I THINK I CAN GET OUT FROM UNDERNEATH IT WITH A HELICOPTER, NO PROBLEM.'

THE PILOT TOOK OFF WHILE SEVERAL WITNESSES WATCHED. ONE WITNESS OBSERVED HIM WIPE CONDENSATION OFF THE INSIDE OF THE PLEXI GLASS TWICE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.AFTER TAKEOFF,WHICH THE AIRPORT MANAGER THOUGHT WOULD BE POSTPONED FOR WEATHER, THE HELICOPTER DISAPPEARED IN THE FOG AT A DISTANCE OF ABOUT ONE HALF MILE AND ALTITUDE OF 200 FEET.

THE WITNESSES HEARD THE AIRCRAFT NOISE CHANGE FROM NORTHWEST TO NORTHEAST WHICH PUZZLED THEM. NO ONE HEARD THE SOUNDS OF THE AIRCRAFT IMPACT. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ABOUT ONE AND ONE- HALF MILES NORTHEAST OF THE AIRPORT BY A FARMER, APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS AFTER DEPARTURE.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: DEN83FA049 at https://www.ntsb.gov/about/employment/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001214X41971&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=9079B
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=1259
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/sd/N9079B/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
07-Feb-2016 23:17 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Sep-2016 19:43 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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