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NTSB Preliminary Report: Rowlett, TX

Location:

Rowlett, TX

Accident Number:

CEN24LA027

Date & Time:

October 26, 2023, 16:50 Local

Registration:

N141CD

Aircraft:

ROBINSON HELICOPTER R44

Injuries:

2 Minor

Flight Conducted Under:    Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On October 26, 2023, about 1650 central daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter R44, N141CD, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Rowlett, Texas. The flight instructor and pilot receiving instruction incurred minor injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

While in level flight, the flight instructor heard the engine and rotor RPM increase, followed by the high rotor RPM horn. The flight instructor reduced the throttle and subsequently observed another increase in engine and rotor RPM as if the throttle were fully open. The flight instructor again reduced the throttle, then observed RPM fluctuations.

The flight instructor initiated an autorotation to a landing and the helicopter nosed over, which resulted in substantial damage to the main and tail rotors, tail boom, and empennage. The helicopter was retained for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

ROBINSON HELICOPTER

Registration:

N141CD

Model/Series:

R44

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

Operator:

SKY HELICOPTERS INC

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

On-demand air taxi (135), Pilot school (141)

Operator Designator Code:

S4HA

 

 

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

VMC

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KDAL,484 ft msl

Observation Time:

16:53 Local

Distance from Accident Site:

15 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

27°C /22°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Few / 2400 ft AGL

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

10 knots / , 170°

Lowest Ceiling:

 

Visibility:

10 miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.88 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Garland, TX (T57)

Destination:

Rockwall, TX (F46)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

2 Minor

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

2 Minor

Latitude, Longitude:

32.945,-96.557 (est)

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Folkerts, Michael

Additional Participating Persons:

Baker Nase; FAA; Irving, TX

Ken Martin; Robinson Helicopter; Torrence, CA

Investigation Class:

Class 3

Note:

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

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