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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213089
Last updated: 24 September 2018
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Date:08-JUL-2018
Time:16:33 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N616HS
C/n / msn: 10449
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:James County, Williamsburg, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Williamsburg Jamestown (KJGG)
Destination airport:Stafford Regional Airport (RMN)
Narrative:
The aircraft impacted a residential building shortly after takeoff and a post-impact fire ensued in northwest Williamsburg, Virginia. The helicopter was destroyed and pilot plus one building occupant were fatally injured.

Several witnesses near the accident site described the helicopter as flying low, one estimated its height at about 100 feet above the ground, as it approached the two-story condominium complex. They described it as flying relatively straight and level or slightly descending, before suddenly pitching nose down and descending into the roof of the building. One witness described the helicopter as "rocking back and forth unsteadily" just before it pitched downward. Another witness located about 100 yards south of accident site recalled the engine making a "constant sound" as it flew over his head.

The helicopter impacted a two-story 10 unit condominium building located about 3 nautical miles north of JGG. The main wreckage came to rest inside the north end of the building, with some components including a section of the tail rotor drive shaft found along the 70-foot wreckage path extending from the building on a heading of about 20 magnetic.

Sources:

https://wydaily.com/local-news/2018/07/08/aviation-crash-reported-in-williamsburg-neighborhood-firefighters-on-scene/
https://wtkr.com/2018/07/08/aviation-crash-reported-in-williamsburg-residential-area/
https://wtvr.com/2018/07/08/dillard-complex-williamirbug-helicopter-crash/
https://www.google.com/maps/place/1100+Settlement+Dr,+Williamsburg,+VA+23188/@37.2883027,-76.7297586,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b08961139c8fbf:0x5161a1cce4686f56?hl=en-us&gl=us
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N616HS


https://wydaily.com/local-news/2018/07/24/preliminary-ntsb-report-reveals-new-details-about-deadly-williamsburg-helicopter-crash/
https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20180708X12242&AKey=1&RType=HTML&IType=FA

http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=616HS
http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000240488.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Jul-2018 04:05 Geno Added
09-Jul-2018 05:46 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
09-Jul-2018 14:46 Captain Adam Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Jul-2018 18:54 Captain Adam Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
10-Jul-2018 01:02 Geno Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Jul-2018 06:02 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
25-Jul-2018 17:11 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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