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NTSB Preliminary Report: Fort Myers, FL

 

Location:

Fort Myers, FL

Accident Number:

ERA20LA310

Date & Time:

09/06/2020, 0900 EDT

Registration:

N194HC

Aircraft:

Robinson R22

Injuries:

2 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On September 6, 2020, about 0900 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R22 Mariner helicopter, N194HC, was involved in an accident at Page Field (FMY), Fort Myers, Florida. The flight instructor and pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Both pilots submitted written statements, and their versions of events were consistent throughout. The preflight and engine-start procedures were completed by the checklist with no anomalies noted. As the engine was accelerated to near its operating rpm, each pilot heard a loud "bang." The student leaned out his door and announced that "the tail was hanging off the back of the aircraft." The engine was stopped, and the event was reported to the helicopter's owner and his mechanic.

Examination of photographs revealed damage to the tailrotor gearbox, tailrotor blades, and the tailcone's section forward of the tailrotor gearbox. These areas and components were sectioned and forwarded to the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington, DC for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson

Registration:

N194HC

Model/Series:

R22 MARINER

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Pilot School (141)

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

FMY, 16 ft msl

Observation Time:

1253 UTC

Distance from Accident Site:

 

Temperature/Dew Point:

27°C / 24°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

7 knots / , 50°

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

30.01 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Fort Myers, FL (FMY)

Destination:

Fort Myers, FL (FMY)

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

2 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

2 None

Latitude, Longitude:

26.586667, -81.863333 (est)

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Brian C Rayner

Additional Participating Persons:

 

Note:

The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.





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