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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69797
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Time:14:20 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22 Beta
Owner/operator:Henley Air (Pty) Ltd
Registration: ZS-HAN
MSN: 1500
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Threshold of Runway 17 at Rand Airport, Germiston, Gauteng -   South Africa
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Rand Airport, Germiston, Gauteng (FAGM)
Destination airport:Rand Airport, Germiston, Gauteng (FAGM)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The pilot, accompanied by a passenger, was in the process of taking off for the General Flying Area to build up hours towards his commercial pilotís licence, when the accident occurred. During the takeoff roll, as the airspeed and altitude slowly increased, the low main rotor RPM horn sounded and the light came on. The pilot attempted to roll on the throttle to recover the drop of RPM but to no avail.

Due to trees and electrical cables nearby, he abandoned the takeoff and opted to decrease speed and maintain altitude to extend the skidding distance. He said that he was unable to lower the collective as the altitude was already very low, so reduced his speed slightly by easing back on the cyclic and keeping the helicopter as level as possible.

The aircraft touched the ground and skidded for approximately 7 metres. The left skid dug into the grass shoulder at the edge of the runway, the helicopter rolled to its left, the main rotor blades struck the ground and the aircraft came to rest on its left side



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

03-Nov-2009 00:35 flying dutchman Added
03-Nov-2009 01:11 RobertMB Updated
03-Nov-2009 04:10 RobertMB Updated
03-Oct-2016 21:37 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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