Hard landing Accident Robinson R-22 N8280J,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 286373
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Date:Tuesday 8 January 2008
Time:13:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robinson R-22
Owner/operator:California Aviation Services Inc.
Registration: N8280J
MSN: 0892
Year of manufacture:1988
Engine model:Lycoming O-320-B2C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Riverside, California -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Riverside Municipal Airport, CA (RAL/KRAL)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that while making an approach to a hover about 15 feet above ground level (agl), he applied power and collective to stop the decent rate and the helicopter began to yaw to the right. Despite the pilot adding left anti-torque pedal and increasing power, the helicopter continued to yaw to the right and ascended 50 to 75 feet. The pilot stated he lowered the collective and reduced power until the helicopter descended through about 25 feet agl, and then he raised the collective for landing. Subsequently, the helicopter landed hard within sandy terrain on the shoreline of a lake. Examination of the helicopter revealed that the tail boom and firewall sustained substantial damage. No mechanical anomalies were noted during the examination.

Probable Cause: The pilot's misjudged landing flare and improper use of the collective control.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: SEA08CA065
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report




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