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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233107
Last updated: 1 September 2020
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Date:14-FEB-2020
Time:10:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N441KA
C/n / msn: 10824
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Marfa, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Marfa, TX
Destination airport:Marfa, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot reported that he was flying the helicopter parallel to a 10-ft-tall fence while herding cows into a livestock pen. While maneuvering, the tail rotor struck the fence, and the helicopter spun multiple times. The helicopter ascended about 10 ft, and the pilot retarded the throttle and lowered the collective to the full-down position to minimize the rapid right spin. The helicopter impacted the ground and came to rest upright. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail rotor drive system and tailboom.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a fence during low-altitude maneuvering.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20200214X65852&key=1
https://flightaware.com/photos/view/2543323-73c0af34977ee83226e7ccc795ed227d9e8126ff/aircrafttype/R44 (photo)

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report
Location


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Feb-2020 11:07 Captain Adam Added
01-Sep-2020 16:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category, Accident report, ]
01-Sep-2020 18:30 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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