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04-Jun-17 N601HA Robinson R22HP Kenosha, US-Wisconsin

Helicopter ended on its side on the concrete apron with the sole occupant pilot seriously injured, who was then airlifted in a Flight for Life BK117

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20-May-17 N2322Z Robinson R22 Linden, US-New Jersey

Fell onto starboard side in training accident.

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12-May-16 VH-WGB Robinson R22B Wallal Downs Station, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-WGB, 220 km NE of Port Hedland Airport, Western Australia, on 12 May 2016.

While conducting aerial work, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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21-Mar-16 VH-RGY Robinson R22 Richmond, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-RGY, at Richmond Airport, Queensland, on 21 March 2016.

After engine start, the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.

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20-Feb-16 VH-LYW Robinson R22 Roma, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a wirestrike and collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-LYW, 88 km northeast of Roma, Queensland, on 20 February 2016.

During aerial mustering operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and subsequently collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed.

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14-Feb-16 VH-HXY Robinson R44 Hughenden, Australia

During the approach and landing, the pilot sighted powerlines strung across his landing point, and manoeuvred to remain clear of them.  While on the ground, the wind veered from a southwest to a southerly direction, so that to take off into wind, the helicopter would track perpendicular to the powerlines. After completing the pre-take-off checks, the pilot turned his attention to a mob of cattle, to ensure the noise of the helicopter would not send them through a fence.  Taking off initially parallel to the powerlines, and the pilot then turned to manoeuvre around a tree and climbed to about 20 ft above ground level. The tree momentarily obscured the powerlines and the pilot’s attention was on the cattle.

As the helicopter rounded the tree, at an airspeed of about 50 kt, the skids struck the powerlines. The pilot heard the wires contact the helicopter and it decelerated rapidly. The pilot lowered collective and pulled back on the cyclic, but the helicopter rolled forwards over the wires, descended rapidly, and collided with the ground passenger-side down in a nose down attitude. The wire was hooked on the helicopter’s right skid, with power still running through it. After the blades stopped turning, the pilot exited the helicopter. The pilot was not injured and the helicopter was destroyed.

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01-Dec-15 Robinson R22A South Venice, US-Florida

R22 went down on a training flight from Venice Regional Airport.  Female student named here as Agnus Jolumo was airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with head and facial injuries, while the male instructor Ronald Vasconcelos went by land ambulance with minor injuries to Venice Bayfront Health

FAA quote this as N8560M but that R22 was cancelled from the N register a year prior to this accident and thus we are not quoting a registration or MSN at this time

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12-Nov-15 VH-HWJ Robinson R22 Kiana Station, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-HWJ, 90km S of McArthur River Mine, Northern Territory, on 12 November 2015.

While conducting aerial mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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06-Nov-15 VH-NCL Robinson R22 Newman, Australia

Shortly after take-off, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

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05-Nov-15 F-GLSF Robinson R22 Andernos les Bains, France

On return from a local flight, pilot stabilizes the hovering helicopter, turns round before starting a fast forward about 5 m height. After about 300m the pilot the helicopter pitched up to stop hovering. He then receives a uncontrolled increase in engine speed and fails to reduce power. He loses control in rotation, the right skid struck the ground and the helicopter goes down on the left side.  Substantially damaged

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25-Sep-15 G-DEFY Robinson R22 Elstree, UK

Student pilot (reportedly on first solo), and helicopter ended on its side

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18-Aug-15 N5VH Robinson R22 Prescott, US-Arizona

Training accident.  Recording of ATC transmissions on this YouTube video.

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18-Aug-15 N86EH Robinson R22B Ronkonkoma, US-New York

Details TBA

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13-Aug-15 N3103Q Robinson R22 Caldwell, US-Idaho

Details TBA

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06-Aug-15 N800BP Robinson R22 Hollywood, US-Florida

Precautionary landing on golf course. Later cleared for onward flight

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25-Jul-15 D-HDIM Robinson R22 Davis Strait, Canada

Helicopter was operating VFR from CYFB Iqaluit, NU to BGGH Nuuk, Greenland as part of a solo circumnavigation attempt. The pilot (Sergey Ananov from Russia) autorotated and ditched the aircraft in the Davis Strait, 204 nm east of CYFB, reportedly due to a broken drive belt. He was wearing an immersion suit and managed to take the life raft while exiting the aircraft. The aircraft sank. There was no ELT signal captured. Although there were several alerting devices on board the aircraft, the pilot only had time to retrieve the life raft before the aircraft sank. He managed to swim to a nearby ice floe. The pilot was being tracked by a responsible person. When the target had not moved for a period of 30 minutes, authorities were advised and search & rescue efforts commenced. Rescue efforts were affected by dense fog. The pilot floated on the ice floe until noticing the lights of the Coast Guard vessel 3 miles away. He fired a flare to attract attention and was rescued by helicopter approximately 32 hours after ditching. He was not injured.

CADORS 2015C2735

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23-Jul-15 N520NS Robinson R22 Corona, US-California

Substantially damaged after “force landing in the dirt” (FAA)

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13-Jul-15 N184SH Robinson R22 Caldwell, US-Idaho

Main blade struck tail boom on landing

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12-Jul-15 N441MM Robinson R22 Panguitch, US-Utah

Pilot Duane Fielding, of St. George, and his 14-year-old son/passenger were not seriously injured.  Gust of wind while in a low hover led tail to touch the ground, causing the helicopter to become unstable and crash

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30-Jun-15 N7150J Robinson R22 Houston, US-Texas

Force landed in field.  Damage level unknown

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29-Jun-15 N143SH Robinson R22 Denver, US-Colorado

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28-Jun-15 VH-RBO Robinson R22 Daly Waters, Australia

When at about 100 ft above ground level and an airspeed of 40 knots, the pilot conducted a turn into wind. As the helicopter turned, the pilot received a low rotor rpm warning. The helicopter collided with terrain and rolled onto its side, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot sustained minor injuries.

Final report says “The Robinson Helicopter Company Safety Notice SN-24 states that rotor stall due to low RPM causes a very high percentage of helicopter accidents. These mostly occur close to the ground during take-off and landing. Safety Notice SN-10 reminds pilots to have their ‘reflexes conditioned so they will instantly add throttle and lower collective to maintain RPM in an emergency’.”

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25-Jun-15 N842SH Robinson R22 Eagle Lake, US-Texas

Crashed from low level during agricultural ops. Aircraft destroyed

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23-Jun-15 VH-RBT Robinson R22 Boyup Brook, Australia

After lift-off, about 30 ft above the ground the pilot reported that the canopy became shrouded in condensation. With a loss of visual reference, the pilot attempted to manoeuvre the helicopter to an area suitable for landing. During the attempt to land, the helicopter struck the ground and rolled on its side. The passenger has minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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31-May-15 OE-XJK Robinson R22 Kasten bei Böheimkirchen, Austria

Substantially damaged after hitting roof of a house and crashing in the front garden.  House unoccupied at the time.   Both occupants seriously injure.

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28-May-15 VH-HRW Robinson R22 Mitchell, Australia (1F)

It has been reported that the helicopter’s tail rotor clipped a tree resulting in a loss of control and subsequent collision with terrain.  The pilot was fatally injured – and named here as Jeff Dean

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04-May-15 C-GOHT Robinson R22 Salmon Arm, Canada

R22 piloted by a student on a solo flight from Kelowna (CYLW) to Salmon Arm (CZAM) crashed beside the runway at CZAM. The pilot first approached the airport and crossed mid-field to assess the wind direction; however, it was determined that the aircraft was not into wind. On the second approach from the opposite direction, at about 30 feet above ground elevation, the helicopter was observed to rotate right about three revolutions before falling rapidly, and impacting the ground with little forward momentum. The left main landing skid gear fractured forward of the forward cross-tube and the R22B came to rest after rolling to the left. The pilot was uninjured but the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The pilot reported losing tail rotor authority just before the helicopter yawed right. The main rotor blades showed damage consistent with low rpm. CADORS 2015P0662

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06-Apr-15 F-GLHC Robinson R22M Le Plessis Belleville, France

Substantially damaged

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03-Apr-15 N8363D Robinson R22 Fort Davis, US-Texas

Rolled over on landing

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20-Mar-15 VH-HUA Robinson R22 Mount Isa, Australia

During manoeuvring the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

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17-Mar-15 N7062F Robinson R22 Ewa Beach, US-Hawaii

Pilot made an emergency landing after noticing smoke coming from the engine compartment, 2 POB uninjured – Sources say the pilot, Michael Tepper was on an introductory instructional flight with his passenger, Brandon Ahlo.

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14-Mar-15 N472SH Robinson R22 Sarasota, US-Florida

Minor damage on landing

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10-Mar-15 PT-YPB Robinson R22 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Emergency landing in “Bosque da Barra” swamp on a training flight after bird strike to tail rotor. Minor damage only, from photos

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03-Mar-15 N4003S Robinson R22 San Bernardino, US-California

Landing accident, extensively damaged

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28-Feb-15 VH-CMK Robinson R22 Archerfield, Australia

During training operations, the helicopter rolled onto its side. The helicopter was substantially damaged, however both pilots were uninjured.

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26-Feb-15 Robinson R22 Akitio, New Zealand

“Landed in a tree”.   Pilot was able to climb out of the helicopter and down from the tree to phone for help.

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15-Feb-15 N7181S Robinson R22 Asherton, US-Texas

Crashed after tail rotor struck bush

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13-Feb-15 G-THLA Robinson R22 Brenzett, UK

Crashed in ploughed field on training flight.  Instructor and student suffered minor injuries

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13-Feb-15 N8311A Robinson R22 Riverside, US-California

Minor damage on landing

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12-Feb-15 G-ECMC Robinson R22 Goodwood, UK

Dynamic roll over onto port side on training flight

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11-Feb-15 VH-APP Robinson R22 Kalbarri, Australia

After landing, the pilot and passenger disembarked from the helicopter and left the engine running. The helicopter subsequently lifted off with nobody at the controls, and collided with terrain. The pilot and passenger were uninjured.

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10-Feb-15 VH-YLP Robinson R22 Orange, Australia

During flight training, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The instructor and student pilot sustained minor injuries.

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01-Feb-15 Robinson R22 Nova Lima, Brazil

Very heavy landing on training flight on steeply sloping ground.  skids splayed out and cabin touched ground but main blades apparently undamaged.  Both flight instructor Diego Ramos, 35, and student Eduardo Dias, 41, were taken to hospital

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28-Jan-15 N475AT Robinson R22 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Mid air collision with fixed wing Piper Pa28 N54380

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23-Jan-15 VH-ZBH Robinson R22 Herbertvale Cattleyard, Australia

After take-off, the engine lost power and the pilot conducted a forced landing. The helicopter collided with the ground resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were uninjured.

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16-Jan-15 VH-SSD Robinson R22 Roma, Australia

While conducting aerial mustering at about 100 ft above ground level, the helicopter encountered a tailwind resulting in a high rate of descent. The helicopter collided with the ground resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.

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10-Jan-15 N348VH Robinson R22 Catano Bay, Puerto Rico

Crashed into water killing the sole occupant pilot

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29-Dec-14 N771MM Robinson R22 Lantana, US-Florida (1F)

Crashed in unknown circumstances just outside boundary fence of Lantana Airport – killing instructor Luis Aviles, and seriously injuring student pilot Johnathan Desouza

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29-Dec-14 N6522 Robinson R22 Huntingdon Beach, US-California

Unknown damage in force landing

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29-Dec-14 N7041X Robinson R22 Phoenix, US-Arizona

Minor damage after force landing by taxiway

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18-Nov-14 VH-HPH Roibinson R22 Lavelle Station, Australia

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into a Collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, registration VH-HPH, at Lavelle Station, Northern Territory on 18 November 2014.

During air work at 1,000 feet, the tail rotor drive system failed. The helicopter commenced an uncommanded spiral and landed heavily. The pilot and passenger were not injured and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

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15-Nov-14 N23VH Robinson R22 Prescott, US-Arizona

Rolled over on landing

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30-Oct-14 G-MOGY Robinson R22 Acklington, UK

Two POB to hospital.  Information suggests that the skid toes stuck into the ground during a run-on landing, causing the helicopter to cartwheel.  No vertical force in the accident as skids have not splayed out.  Skid toes missing forward of front skid legs, and nose “turned up” where helicopter cartwheeled onto its nose

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17-Oct-14 N227FT Robinson R22 Kona, US-Hawaii

Tail rotor struck ground on training flight

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12-Oct-14 D-HUGI Robinson R22 Zöblen, Austria

 loss of engine power whilst on a flight from Wiedergeltingen to Jungholz and was badly damaged in an emergency landing at Mt. Schönkahler near Zöblen, Tyrol, Austria. The helicopter landed hard with its right skid and was damaged beyond repair. 63-year-old pilot o.k., 1 passenger on board minor injured

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26-Sep-14 N7026J Robinson R22 Albuquerque, US-New Mexico

Force landing after power loss

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21-Sep-14 G-OKEY Robinson R22 Elstree, UK

Crashed from a low hover on a training flight.   Male pilot and female student uninjured.

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11-Sep-14 G-CDMG Robinson R22 France

The subject helicopter was noted at 5.15am local time on 12-Sep-14 on a trailer at Calais ferry port bound for the UK.  Given it is based UK, there must have been some reason that it was not flown back to the UK.  Incident date 11-Sep-14 thus approximate

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28-Aug-14 HK-4287G Robinson R22 Amaga, Colombia

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=169314

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27-Aug-14 N4187W Robinson R22 Gardnerville, US-Nevada

Substantially damaged after striking wires 10 ft above ground on take-off.  Boom broken and tail separated. Heavy impact starboard side.  Pilot named in press as Doyle Holden and passenger as Karen Cole.

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25-Aug-14 VH-YPC Robinson R22 Halls Creek, Australia (1F)

During the ferry flight, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was destroyed by fire and the pilot died in the accident.

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20-Jul-14 D-HSTH Robinson R22 Melle-Grönegau, Germany

Crashed shortly after take-off and rolled onto its side.  Passenger badly injured, pilot uninjured

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16-Jul-14 G-PACL Robinson R22 Liverpool, UK

While practising a simulated engine failure in the hover, the helicopter rolled about its left skid and came to rest on its side.

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12-Jul-14 VH-ZZM Robinson R22 Dingo, Australia

While conducting a practice autorotation, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and a pilot sustained serious injuries.  As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information.

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20-Jun-14 OK-LPS Robinson R22 Prague, Czech Republic

Emergency field landing with high vertical force impact.  Skids splayed out

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20-Jun-14 N681SH Robinson R22 Long Beach, US-California

Rolled onto its side on landing

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19-Jun-14 N784SH Robinson R22 Greensfield, US-Missouri

Helicopter fell onto its starboard side during a training flight

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04-Jun-14 N223G Robinson R22 Prescott, US-Arizona

Force landing in a field one mile from destination airport

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31-May-14 N7122E Robinson R22 San Manuel, US-Arizona

Struck powerline and impacted the ground

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23-May-14 N4081H Robinson R22 Santa Paula, US-California (1F)

County fire spokesman said the helicopter apparently clipped and downed power lines before crashing. A brush fire broke out that burned less than an acre before it was put out.  Fatal injuries to sole occupant pilot – named here as Philip Margolis

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23-May-14 VH-WDB Robinson R22 Congararra Station, Australia

During approach to land, the tail boom detached from the helicopter. The helicopter touched down then rolled over. The pilot sustained no injuries but the helicopter was destroyed.

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19-May-14 Robinson R22 Tomaszów Bolesławiecki, Poland

Crashed heavily in open ploughed field and remained upright. Reported engine issues.  Blades still attached at root, skid splayed out

NOTE – this is wrongly reported elsewhere as G-OLRT.  The boom from the real G-OLRT (which is still in UK) was sold to a Polish buyer, who fitted it on another R22 without correcting the registration.  HeliHub.com team is still researching exactly which R22 the boom was added to – it’s a later Beta II model, for a start.

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18-May-14 VH-HAY Robinson R22 Fitzroy Crossing, Australia

R22  conducting mustering operations near Fitzroy Crossing WA, collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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13-May-14 VH-HEP Robinson R22 Hughenden, Australia

Helicopter was conducting aerial mustering operations. It was reported that the helicopter’s main rotor clipped a tree and that the aircraft landed in long grass where it was destroyed by fire. The pilot was uninjured.

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01-May-14 N802CP Robinson R22 Frederick, US-Maryland

During low level hover while training, helicopter fell to the ground and onto its starboard side

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