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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 197098
Last updated: 17 July 2018
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Type:Sikorsky S-97 Raider
Registration: N971SK
C/n / msn: 97-0001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:William P Gwinn Airport, Palm Beach County, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:William P Gwinn Airport (06FA)
Destination airport:William P Gwinn Airport (06FA)
The experimental Sikorsky S-97 experienced a hard landing while hovering at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center at William P Gwinn Airport (06FA), Jupiter, Florida. Both pilots received minor injuries. The test flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The helicopter was recovered from the accident site and retained for further examination.

Sikorsky is reportedly still looking into whether the Raider prototype can be salvaged and if it will fly again.

In a media briefing Sikorsky stated a “complex interaction between the ground, the landing gear, the flight control system, and the associated pilot interactions” occurred as the fly-by-wire Raider transitioned from operations on the ground to operations in flight.


Revision history:

02-Aug-2017 21:58 Iceman 29 Added
02-Aug-2017 22:26 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Embed code]
03-Aug-2017 05:28 Aerossurance Updated [Time]
03-Aug-2017 10:47 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Source, Embed code]
11-Sep-2017 17:57 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
11-Sep-2017 18:01 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
11-Sep-2017 21:18 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]

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