Robinson Helicopter – Recent Crashes

OPO - Robinson - New R22

On July 11, 2012, at 1300 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), a Robinson R22 Beta, Brazilian registration PT-HOL, operated by Master Escola Aviacao Civil Ltda, was destroyed following a loss of in-flight control and collision with a building near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The local flight originated in Sao Paulo. The two pilots were fatally injured.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120712X13134&key=1

On July 9, 2012, at 1010 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson R22-Beta helicopter, N7527Y, impacted terrain following a loss of control during a departure from an off field landing site near Murrieta, California. The flight instructor was fatally injured and his student was not injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The student reported that, while practicing off field landings, the helicopter suddenly rolled over onto its left side.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120709X83554&key=1

On June 9, 2012, at 1515 UTC, a Robinson R44 helicopter, Austrian registration OE-XKS, was destroyed when it crashed into trees and mountainous terrain near Teisendorf, Germany. The pilot and three passengers on board the helicopter were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The foreign, non-scheduled cross-country flight originated at Worms, Germany, and was en route to Salzburg, Austria.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120611X04859&key=1

On December 9, 2011 at 1630 universal coordinated time, a Robinson R44, Brazilian registration PR-KLA, operated by SASH Locacao de Veiculos LTDA, as a personal flight, impacted terrain in the vicinity of Fazenda Coqueiros, Sao Bento do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The commercial-rated pilot was fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and according to the Brazilian authorities witnesses reported hearing the helicopter flying over the region in cloudy weather with light rain. Suddenly there was the noise of an explosion. When they arrived at the accident site the helicopter was found destroyed.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20111219X52459&ntsbno=ERA12WA113&akey=1

On November 24, 2011, approximately 1900 central standard time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N821JV, sustained substantial damage when it impacted water following a loss of control while maneuvering near Hackensack, Minnesota. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. According to local authorities who spoke with the passenger, the pilot was maneuvering for a landing near his residence. While in a hover over the lake, the passenger heard a “bang/boom” and the helicopter immediately yawed to the right and impacted the water. The passenger was able to swim to shore.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20111130X25004&key=1

On September 3, 2011, at 0330 universal coordinated time, a Robinson R44, Australia registry VH-HCA, collided with terrain while maneuvering near Plutonic Aerodrome, Australia. The helicopter was operated by Wieland Helicopter Company under the pertinent civil regulations of Australia. The pilot was fatally injured and the passenger was seriously injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Australia. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Australia.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20110906X85417&ntsbno=WPR11WA438&akey=1

On July 27, 2011, at 0930 universal coordinated time, a Robinson R-22 Beta, VH-YOL, registered to and operated by a private owner, collided with terrain near Fitzoy Crossing, Australia. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The flight was operated under the pertinent civil regulations of Australia. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Australia. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Australia.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20110728X24422&ntsbno=WPR11WA351&akey=1

On July 12, 2011, about 2041 UTC, or 1541 local, a Robinson Helicopter Company R66, N810AG, registered to Aircraft Guaranty Corporation Trustee, operated by a private individual, collided with terrain near Girardot, Colombia. The helicopter sustained substantial damage, and the certificated commercial pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. A witness observed the helicopter flying in a northeasterly direction, then heard a crack sound, followed by seeing something separate from the helicopter. The witness noted the helicopter spinning about the vertical axis while descending, followed by impact.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20110713X53504&ntsbno=ERA11RA398&akey=1

On June 27, 2011, about 1155 central daylight time, a Robinson R22 BETA, N7779M, struck trees and impacted terrain near Del Valle, Texas. The pilot, the sole occupant on board the helicopter, was fatally injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. According to a witness, the helicopter was flying just above the trees and as it crossed the Colorado River, he heard a loud “pop” or “bang.” He saw something separate from the helicopter and fall into the river.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20110627X51003&key=1

On May 9, 2011, at 0440 universal coordinated time, a Robinson R-22, Australian registry VH-DSD, operated by Versatile Helicopter Services, impacted terrain during a mustering operation near Julia Creek, Australia. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The flight was operated under the pertinent civil aviation regulations of Australia. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Australia.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20111202X30755&ntsbno=WPR11WA482&akey=1

On February 4, 2011, at 0047 universal coordinated time, a Robinson R-44, VH-HFH, operated by Aero Logistics Pty, collided with terrain during an instructional flight near Cessnock, Australia. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot and a passenger were killed. The second pilot was seriously injured. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Australia.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20110208X34642&ntsbno=WPR11WA127&akey=1

On December 9, 2010, at 0755 coordinated universal time, a Robinson R22, United Kingdom registered G-CBVL, operated by Spiral Wing, Ltd., was destroyed when it impacted mountainous terrain under unknown circumstances near Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The flight originated from Sospel, France. The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the French government.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20101213X65626&ntsbno=CEN11WA105&akey=1

On November 9, 2010, at 0330 universal coordinated time, a Robinson R22, VH-TCG, operated by a private individual, collided with terrain during a mustering operation near Rolleston, Australia. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot was killed.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20101110X42226&ntsbno=WPR11WA043&akey=1

On August 12, 2010, about 0600 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), a Robinson R44, Italian registration I-KOST, operated by Intesa Leasing, Rent and Fly, as a personal flight, collided with a building and the ground during takeoff from a private field at Milazzo, Salina Island, Italy. The helicopter was destroyed by a post crash fire and the pilot and three passengers were killed. This investigation is under jurisdiction of the Government of Italy.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20100817X84118&ntsbno=ERA10WA428&akey=1

On June 25, 2009 at 2230 local time, a Robinson R22 helicopter, collided with the ground near Paraburdoo, Western Australia. The helicopter was owned and operated by a private individual and was on a non-commercial cross country flight under the pertinent provisions of the Australian civilian aviation regulations. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The helicopter was destroyed in the ground collision sequence and the pilot, the sole occupant, was killed. The accident is under the jurisdiction of, and is being investigated by, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20090619X15708&ntsbno=WPR09WA296&akey=1

The operator reported that the pilot had rented the Robinson helicopter R22 Beta II on January 31, 2009 in Fillmore, California for a personal proficiency flight to the local practice area. The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: An in-flight break-up while maneuvering as a result of the main rotor blades diverging from the normal plane of rotation and severing the tailboom causing 1 fatality. The underlying reason for the main rotor divergence could not be determined.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20090201X10015&ntsbno=WPR09FA104&akey=1

On December 29, 2007, at 1908 local time, a Robinson R-44, impacted the Yarra River shortly after takeoff near Westgate Bridge, Victoria, Australia. The instructor pilot was fatally injured and the pilot under instruction was seriously injured; the helicopter was destroyed. The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau reported that the helicopter took off with a reported 20-25 knot quartering tail wind; at 50 feet agl the helicopter was observed attempting to turn back to the helipad, at which point it descended and impacted the water on its left side. This accident is under the jurisdiction of, and is being investigated by, the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20080117X00071&ntsbno=LAX08WA045&akey=1

On October 27, 2007, about 1505 Japan Standard Time, a Robinson R-22B helicopter, JA-102D, was destroyed by impact and postimpact fire when it crashed onto railway tracks near Yao-City, Japan. The helicopter, operated by Osaka Aviation Inc., Osaka, Japan, was returning to the airport at the conclusion of a helicopter demonstration flight. The pilot and the passenger received fatal injuries. The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Japan.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20080215X00197&ntsbno=ANC08WA013&akey=1

On September 8, 2007, at 1410 UTC, a Robinson R-22 Beta, while in cruise flight executing a level right turn, sustained tail boom and stabilizer failure, departed controlled flight, and impacted onto a highway near Buhl Germany. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The two persons on board the helicopter were fatally injured. This investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the German government.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20070919X01412&ntsbno=DEN07WA159&akey=1

On September 10, 2006, at 1255 coordinated universal time (1455 central European Summer Time), a Robinson R-22 Beta, owned and piloted by the accident pilot, was destroyed when it impacted wooded terrain under unknown circumstances near St. Florian, Oberoesterreich, Austria. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight instructor and student pilot were fatally injured. The flight originated from Lohninger, Austria. The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Austrian government.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20060920X01370&ntsbno=DEN06WA130&akey=1