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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240834
Last updated: 2 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Registration: N7530B
C/n / msn: 10390
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pioche, NV -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Panaca, NV (1L1)
Destination airport:Caliente Flight Strip, NV (OL2)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that while flying over mountainous terrain, about 500 ft agl, with the winds and turbulence moderate, he slowed to 60-70 knots. Shortly thereafter, the helicopter suddenly and uncontrollably descended at a rapid rate. The pilot maneuvered to lower terrain to accelerate and get out of the severe downdraft. The pilot was unable to arrest the descent before the helicopter collided with the ground tail first and slid about 30 ft before coming to rest against trees. The helicopter fuselage was substantially damaged.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.



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02-Sep-2020 13:54 ASN Update Bot Added

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