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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14032
Last updated: 19 April 2019
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Time:11:05 PDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22
Owner/operator:South West Skyways Inc
Registration: N9011M
C/n / msn: 005
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Zamperini Field, Torrance, Calfornia (TOA/KTOA)
Destination airport:Zamperini Field, Torrance, California (TOA/KTOA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Crashed at Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California, on May 3, 1980 due to delamination of main rotor blades in flight. (Rancho Palos Verdes is located at 3345′30″N 11821′51″W). Both persons on board (instructor and pilot under training) were killed.

All 33 R22s sold by Robinson up to May 1980 were grounded temporarily while the FAA investigated a May 3, 1980, crash in Rancho Palos Verdes that killed two people. The ban was lifted when it was determined that the helicopter itself was not at fault. It was determined that the main rotor blades had been repaired by the manufacturer on January 30, 1980 and again on May 1, 1980. Non-surveillance of manufacturing process of blades had led to a possible compromise of the blades integrity.


1. NTSB Identification: LAX80FA093 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2011 10:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2016 21:39 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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