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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44800
Last updated: 2 October 2020
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Time:05:30 EDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:MG Aviation
Registration: N441MG
C/n / msn: 0915
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barnesville, Lamar County, Georgia -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Greer, South Carolina
Destination airport:Apalachicola Regional Airport, Apalachicola, Florida (AAF/KAAF)
On June 27, 2004 at 05:30 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) a Robinson Helicopter R44, N441MG, registered to and operated by MG Aviation, collided with trees, and burst into flames during a cross-country flight in a residential area in Barnesville, Georgia. The personal flight was operated under provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The certified flight instructor, and two passengers were fatally injured. The flight originated from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Greer, South Carolina, on June 27, 2004 approximately 03:00 EDT.

According to the mechanic of MG Aviation the purpose of the cross-country flight was to take the pilot's wife to visit her grandmother in a hospital in Florida. The pilot called the mechanic at 01:00 EDT, the morning of the flight to ask about the maintenance on helicopters N441MG and N229CH. He then called his flight instructor to accompany him on the cross-country flight to Florida. The mechanic stated that the flight instructor came by his residence to pick up his flight bag at 02:00 EDT shortly after returning from a music concert. The flight instructor then confirmed with the mechanic the same story that the pilot had told him about leaving in morning for Florida. The mechanic asked if he needed any assistance in preparing for the flight to Florida, and the flight instructor replied that the pilot prepared everything for the flight. That was the last conversation the mechanic had with the flight instructor.

According to a witness, at 05:30 EDT a helicopter was heard over the residential area in Barnesville, Georgia. Shortly afterward, an explosion was heard. Witnesses searched the area, and a helicopter was located in the back of a residential home engulfed in flames. Efforts to extinguish the flames were unsuccessful. First responders to the accident site reported dense fog conditions. No radio transmissions were received from the pilot prior to the accident.

Killed were the pilot, Wyatt Zane Rogers, and the two passengers, Kendall and Kelly Loudermilk, all of Spartanburg, S.C., said Lamar County Sheriff Larry Waller.

Angel Kilgore said the helicopter crashed into her backyard while she slept. "It sounded like it was right in my bedroom," she said. "The whole house shook. It just rattled."

Authorities were checking whether the pilot may have tried to make an emergency landing at the Thomaston-Upson County Airport.

Probable Cause: The certified flight instructor's in-flight decision to continue VFR flight into IMC, which resulted in spatial disorientation, and the subsequent in a loss of control. A factor was fog.


1. NTSB Identification: ATL04FA141 at
2. FAA register:

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
02-Sep-2016 23:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 18:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2018 22:01 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2018 22:02 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]

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