Accident Robinson R44 Astro D-HFSD,
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Date:Monday 8 May 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robinson R44 Astro
Owner/operator:Herkules-Flugservice GmbH
Registration: D-HFSD
MSN: 0101
Year of manufacture:1994
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Riesa -   Germany
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Mengen (EDCM)
Destination airport:Riesa (EDAU)
Investigating agency: BFU
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
08/05/1995: D-HFSD Robinson R44 (c/no 0101) Robinson R44 of Herkules-Flugservice GmbH experienced an in-flight separation of the main rotor during a familiarization flight at Leipzig, 50 kms W of Riesa, Germany. All four persons on board (pilot and three passengers) were killed.

The flight has originated at Kassel/Calden and flew to Brandenburg and Nardt where the helicopter landed safely. The pilot had reported his intention to land at Riesa Airport at 18:15 local time for fuel.

Examination of the wreckage revealed that a main rotor blade had struck the right side of the cockpit windscreen center post and had sliced through the instrument panel and the lower left side of the cockpit.

At least three German-registered Robinson R44s - D-HTOP, D-HPHS, and D-HFSD - were lost in circumstances similar to the above, and the NTSB report confirmed that there were a near-identical problem with the main rotor in all three cases.

On 12/05/1995 the LBA - Luftfahrtbundesamt (German Accidents Investigation Bureau) issued safety recommendation 3X114-0/95 to stop the operation of all Robinson R44 helicopters that are certified in Germany. (8 killed, in the three aircraft that were written off in a 13 month period between April 1994 and May 1995)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BFU
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

28-Feb-2009 10:51 Anon. Added
07-Sep-2010 12:43 Heimo Ernst Weiss Updated [Date, Time, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Apr-2011 15:07 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
24-Aug-2011 11:42 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Dec-2011 19:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
19-Dec-2011 09:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2014 13:31 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Jul-2016 15:39 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2016 18:10 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2016 18:12 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-Mar-2018 20:19 TB Updated [Location, Source]
23-Oct-2018 20:43 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]

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