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NTSB Final Report: Miamisburg, Ohio

Location:

Miamisburg, Ohio

Accident Number:

CEN22LA041

Date & Time:

November 19, 2021, 11:30 Local

Registration:

N221HG

Aircraft:

Robinson Helicopter R22 Beta

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Loss of control in flight

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Analysis

The solo student pilot reported that, just after liftoff and in a low-altitude hover, the helicopter “swung” to the left. The student pilot reported that he “overcorrected” with right pedal and aft cyclic inputs. The helicopter began to spin, and the student pilot pulled up to keep from hitting the ground. The student pilot reported remembering hitting the ground and rolling the throttle off.

A security video showed that shortly after the helicopter lifted off into a low altitude hover it yawed left about 90° and descended before it moved aft and momentarily out of the camera’s view. When it reemerged, the helicopter was in a right spin and impacted the ramp in an upright attitude. The aft tail boom and tail rotor sustained substantial damage. The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

There was another small helicopter operating near the accident helicopter at the time of the accident, however it is unlikely that the rotor wash from the other helicopter would have precluded the student pilot’s ability to maintain control his helicopter.

Probable Cause and Findings 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The student pilot’s failure to maintain control of the helicopter during a low-altitude hover shortly after liftoff.

Findings

Personnel issues - Aircraft control - Pilot

Aircraft - Yaw control - Not attained/maintained


Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-hover                       Loss of control in flight (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Student

Age:

44,Male

Airplane Rating(s):

None

Seat Occupied:

Right

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

None

Restraint Used:

3-point

Instrument Rating(s):

None

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

None

Toxicology Performed:

 

Medical Certification:

Class 3 With waivers/limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

May 4, 2021

Occupational Pilot:

No

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

 

Flight Time:

48 hours (Total, all aircraft), 48 hours (Total, this make and model), 5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Robinson Helicopter

Registration:

N221HG

Model/Series:

R22 Beta

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

1992

Amateur Built:

 

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal

Serial Number:

2197

Landing Gear Type:

High skid

Seats:

2

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

November 12, 2021 Annual

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

1370 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time:

6066.3 Hrs as of last inspection

Engine Manufacturer:

Lycoming

ELT:

Not installed

Engine Model/Series:

O-320-B2C

Registered Owner:

 

Rated Power:

124 Horsepower

Operator:

 

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual (VMC)

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

MGY,957 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site:

0 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

11:53 Local

Direction from Accident Site:

350°

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Visibility

10 miles

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

8 knots /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

None / None

Wind Direction:

10°

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting:

30.53 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point:

4°C / -6°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

No Obscuration; No Precipitation

 

Departure Point:

Miamisburg, OH (MGY)

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

VFR

Destination:

Miamisburg, OH

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

11:30 Local

Type of Airspace:

Class G

Airport Information

Airport:

Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport MGY

Runway Surface Type:

 

Airport Elevation:

957 ft msl

Runway Surface Condition:

Dry

Runway Used:

 

IFR Approach:

None

Runway Length/Width:

 

VFR Approach/Landing:

None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

 

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

 

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 None

Latitude, Longitude:

39.588972,-84.224861(est)

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Fox, Andrew

Additional Participating Persons:

Paige E. Kakas; Federal Aviation Administration - Cincinnati FSDO ; Cincinnati, OH

Original Publish Date:

June 22, 2022                                                                   Investigation Class:                                                                   4

Note:

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

Investigation Docket:

https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket?ProjectID=104280

 

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