Hard landing Accident Robinson R44 II N797JR, Monday 8 January 2018
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Date:Monday 8 January 2018
Time:13:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robinson R44 II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N797JR
MSN: 11030
Year of manufacture:2006
Total airframe hrs:2058 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO-540
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Albany, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Albany, TX
Destination airport:Albany, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The commercial pilot stated that he was using the helicopter to round up cattle. He applied power to stabilize in a hover about 50 ft above the ground when he heard a single loud bang and "felt it in the pedals." The helicopter spun to the right, and the pilot applied full left pedal, which had no effect on the helicopter. The pilot stated that after about two spins, he entered an autorotation to remove torque from the rotor system. The helicopter contacted trees as it descended to the ground and came to rest upright with the tailboom separated.

Postaccident examination of the wreckage did not reveal any evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures of the main rotor and tail rotor systems that would have precluded normal operation; thus, the reason for the loss of control could not be determined.



Probable Cause: A loss of helicopter control for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination did not reveal any evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures of the main rotor and tail rotor systems that would have precluded normal operation.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN18LA069
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB

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Revision history:

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