Accident Robinson R22 Beta ZS-RGE,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 273443
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Date:Saturday 3 January 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robinson R22 Beta
Registration: ZS-RGE
MSN: 2224
Year of manufacture:1992
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Blouberg Mountain -   South Africa
Departure airport:FAPB (Pietersburg)
Destination airport:Blouberg Mountain
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On the morning of the accident, the pilot took-off with a technician and radio equipment to do repair work on a repeater station on top of Blouberg mountain. The station had been recently damaged by a veld-fire. On completion of the work, the pilot was flying one of the technicians down the mountain when the accident occurred. According to the pilot he had successfully lifted-off after completing an IGE (In Ground Effect) hover check and was flying at an IAS (Indicated Air Speed) of s?10kts 2ft AGL (Above Ground level) when he encountered a down-draught, which caused the helicopter to collide with terrain s?100m from the helipad. The pilot and passenger sustained no injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The last MPI (Mandatory Periodical Inspection) was certified on 26 September 2003 at 2091.0 flying hours. The aircraft had accumulated a further 79.4 flying hours since the last MPI. PROBABLE CAUSE: Shortly after take-off, the pilot experienced a down draught which resulted in a collision with the ground.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



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