03-Apr-15 ZS-HFO Robinson R44 Coniston, South Africa

Very heavy autorotation landing resulted in skids being ripped off and helicopter coming to rest on its starboard side. Owner reported in his own Facebook post that this was after the “newly fitted Lycoming Engine had just 15 minutes of flight time and lost power on its second flight approx 10 minutes after take off”, and happened at a reported 400ft agl. A later report quotes the South African CAA as saying the issue “was solely caused by a Spider Fuel Distributor that came apart in flight after engineers had hand fitted four pipes and failed to use proper equipment to tighten the flexible pipes with metal endings”.

Pilot was owner Prem Balram and suffered minor injuries while passenger Jerome Sumdath was admitted to the ICU with spinal injuries

Date:
3 April, 2015
Reg:
ZS-HFO
Make:
Robinson
Model:
R44
MSN:
11540
Location:
Coniston, Verulam, KZN
Country:
South Africa
Civil / Military:
Civil
Link:
http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/two-injured-in-kzn-chopper-crash-1.1843591
Link:
http://phoenixsun.co.za/20357/narrow-escape-for-rusa-pilot-and-crew-member-after-helicopter-crashes/

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