Accident Robinson R44 Clipper II N331EL,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 386476
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Date:Tuesday 9 April 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robinson R44 Clipper II
Owner/operator:Nantucket Helicopters LLC
Registration: N331EL
MSN: 14667
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:South Kingstown, RI -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Quonset State Airport, RI (NCO/KOQU)
Destination airport:Quonset State Airport, RI (NCO/KOQU)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
A Robinson R44 Clipper, N331EL was substantially damaged when it impacted the waters of the Worden Pond in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
The pilot and passenger were not injured.

The helicopter was chartered by two employees of Regent Craft, a developer of 'sea gliders', wing-in-ground-effect craft. At the time of the crash, they were testing downward-facing sensors on the water.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report


NTSB (photo)



Revision history:

09-Apr-2024 17:38 ASN Added
09-Apr-2024 17:42 ASN Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Phase, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative, Category]
09-Apr-2024 17:44 ASN Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Source, Embed code]
09-Apr-2024 18:06 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
10-Apr-2024 11:45 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
10-Apr-2024 21:22 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]
11-Apr-2024 05:14 RobertMB Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
11-Apr-2024 09:26 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
14-Apr-2024 14:54 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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