R44 Accidents

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30-Sep-21 N74706 Robinson R44 Phoenix, US-Arizona

Sole occupant pilot seriously injured... Read more

28-Sep-21 N212HT Robinson R44 Miami, US-Florida

Blade struck fence on landing.  Minor injury to the 4 POB Helicopter destroyed... Read more

24-Sep-21 N3255H Robinson R44 Prescott, US-Arizona

FAA report – Emergency landing on golf course due to engine issues.  Image issued by Prescott Airport suggests no damage, although it is unknown how heavy the landing was... Read more

12-Sep-21 RA-06238 Robinson R44 Zheleznodorozhny, Russia

Reportedly due to instrument issues, helicopter landed in shallow river in four feet of water 2 people on board exited without injury... Read more

30-Aug-21 N779DZ Robinson R44 Elfin Cove, US-Alaska

Rolled off the side of the landing pad... Read more

27-Aug-21 N544SH Robinson R44 Prescott, US-Arizona

FAA : Low Rotor RPM, Emergency landing.  Damage level not known... Read more

16-Jul-21 G-WHGA Robinson R44 Halfpenny Green, UK

Student solo flight.  Helicopter ended up on its port side in a wide open flat grass area... Read more

06-Jul-21 SP-CCC Robinson R44 Mikołajki, Poland

3 POB escaped from this helicopter after it crashed heavily into the water of Lake Tałty – CCTV footage in this video from YouTube... Read more

05-Jul-21 N4945F Robinson R44 Portland, US-Oregon

FAA report “struck a large bird on take off, damaging the door frame”.  Helicopter had not long taken off from Portland-Troutdale Airport... Read more

14-Jun-21 N443SH Robinson R44 Sylva, US-North Carolina

FAA report “Aircraft nose and rotor struck the ground” and no reported injuries to 3 POB  ... Read more

07-Jun-21 N4162M Robinson R44 Boise, US-Idaho

FAA “Aircraft landed in a field”... Read more

17-May-21 RA-????? Robinson R44 Mudyug Island, Russia (1F)

Russian Investigative Committee statement “According to preliminary data, the crash of a Robinson helicopter near the island of Mudyug in the Arkhanglesk region was reported at 21:25 Moscow time on May 17, 2021. The helicopter set off from the Vaskovo airport in the Arkhangelsk region. As a result of the crash, one person died, two were... Read more

02-May-21 N4528T Robinson R44 Monroe, US-North Carolina (1F)

Wire strike during low level agricultural work.  Pilot died in the accident... Read more

22-Apr-21 N4055N Robinson R44 Wilkes-Barre, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

Helicopter crashed in woodland under unknown circumstances at approx 9pm in evening.  The sole occupant pilot was named as the FAA-registered owner Sanjay Kansara, a doctor... Read more

05-Apr-21 N8348X Robinson R44 Johnson, US-Kansas

Loss of control while hovering (FAA).  2POB not injured... Read more

16-Jan-21 UR-ASD Robinson R44 Borispol, Ukraine

Details unclear, apart from ending up on its port side as below Source... Read more

09-Jan-21 N322SH Robinson R44 Albany, US-Texas

Loss of power on take off, autorotation into field.  FAA report substantially damaged.  No injuries to 3POB... Read more

06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter was on final approach to land at its base airport Vila Velha en route from Guarapari and suddenly lost height from 200ft to the ground.  Both occupants in the helicopter received fatal injuries.  They were named in this report as pilot Octavio Schneider Guieroz (68) and his girlfriend Lucimara Poleto (52). Video of accident... Read more

01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

Helicopter collided with terrain, killing all four on board – the owner, his wife and two of their five children – named in this report as Wade Balisky, 45, and Aubrey Balisky, 37, and two of their children, Jewel, 8, and Fleur, 2.  They were survived by their oldest three children. Location was a wide open... Read more

20-Dec-20 N3264U Robinson R44 Morris, US-Illinois

Substantially damaged – during a touch-and-go, helicopter touched down and fell onto its side 1 minor injury... Read more

16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

43 year old pilot injured in accident while involved in ag spraying work, after hitting wires and crashing on a steep hillside.  Helicopter came to a halt further down the slope, but apparently still on its skids.  Airlifted to Gisborne Hospital Registration has been assumed on the basis of this being the only R44 on the... Read more

15-Dec-20 ZK-??? Robinson R44 Te Anga, New Zealand

The helicopter’s main rotor blade struck electricity supply wires and then landed in a clearing. The pilot was uninjured. Power was disrupted to around 18 homes.  Low level agricultural spray operations.... Read more

10-Dec-20 N7085Z Robinson R44 Colorado City, US-Texas (2F)

Sketchy details but both occupants received fatal injuries, named here as pilot Zane Whitesides, 31, and passenger Zack Pfeuffer, 32... Read more

05-Dec-20 N371MP Robinson R44 II Marietta, US-Texas

Helicopter clipped powerlines during the take-off phase and made a heavy emergency landing on highway 77.  Nearby neighbours moved the helicopter off the road onto the grass verge.  Skids splayed out, but rotor blades seemingly untouched and helicopter remained upright.  3 POB not injured... Read more

02-Dec-20 VH-HGU Robinson R44 Marulan South, Australia (2F)

Helicopter collided with terrain during a training flight.  The pilot and instructor on board were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by fire.  The student pilot was named as Andrew Goldman... Read more

18-Nov-20 N442JP Robinson R44 Austell, US-Georgia

Training accident – FAA report loss of control followed by ground impact.  2 POB reported not injured... Read more

20-Oct-20 RA-04327 Robinson R44 Bobrovskoye, Russia (4F)

The helicopter was en route Vologda – Veliky Ustyug and crashed into the Sukhona River near the Bobrovskoye settlement of the Nyuksensky District, after flying into powerlines.  Three villages suffered power failure. Operated by Aerosoyuz, the four occupants on board all died in the accident.  They included Oleg Vasiliev, the general director of JSC “Ded Moroz”,... Read more

19-Oct-20 N31136 Robinson R44 Washington Island, US-Wisconsin

Gust of wind caught helicopter on take-off, causing it to land and tip over onto its starboard side... Read more

16-Oct-20 N500DL Robinson R44 Pahrump, US-Nevada

Skid struck water causing helicopter to crash into it.  Helicopter ended inverted and mostly under water.  Pilot out safely... Read more

03-Oct-20 C-FSSU Robinson R44 II Nottawasaga, Canada

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was first called around 1700Z regarding a helicopter in the Orangeville, ON, area due to an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal that was going off. It was confirmed that there had been a crash approximately 12NM Northeast (NE) of Orangeville, near a private strip. It was reported that... Read more

12-Sep-20 N537BC Robinson R44 Willow, US-Alaska

Struck tree during landing.  Sole occupant pilot was not injured... Read more

29-Aug-20 B-7537 Robinson R44 Longnan, China (1F)

Hit lines while on low level agricultural spraying ops.  Pilot died... Read more

28-Aug-20 C-____ Robinson R44 New Liskeard, Canada

As the helicopter was touching down on the helipad, it bounced and then drifted laterally. A main rotor blade contacted a tree and the helicopter rolled over onto its side. The two occupants were not injured; the helicopter was destroyed.... Read more

26-Aug-20 RA-04393 Robinson R44 Krasnaya Polyana, Russia

Details sketchy, but helicopter damaged and 2 of 4 POB were injured.... Read more

13-Aug-20 SP-SVW Robinson R44 Sady, Poland

Helicopter ditched in river on a training flight.  Both instructor and student were injured... Read more

13-Aug-20 OK-??? Robinson R44 Zamberk, Czech Republic

Helicopter contacted tree on take-off, which caused it to fall to the ground from 5m altitude and it fell onto its side.  1 of 4 POB injured... Read more

08-Aug-20 N89LA Robinson R44 Logan, US-Iowa

Aircraft crashed in a field.  Sole occupant pilot seriously injured.  Helicopter was involved in aerial application work... Read more

06-Aug-20 N61MX Robinson R44 Ashton, US-Idaho

Emergency landing on a highway... Read more

26-Jul-20 G-WTWT Robinson R44 II Herne Bay, UK

Helicopter landed on its side in an open field.  4 POB not seriously injured... Read more

13-Dec-19 N440AH Robinson R44 San Antonio, US-Texas

The aircraft lost power and struck power lines while apparently making an emergency landing near to the intersection of South Presa and East Southcross street, San Antonio, US-Texas. The aircraft received substantial damage. There were no reports of serious injuries to the occupants. – Photo... Read more

25-Oct-19 ZT-RAL Robinson R44 Sinoville, South Africa

Crashed while on a training flight, thee occupants reported as uninjured... Read more

23-Oct-19 N225JM Robinson R44 Las Vegas, US-Nevada (2F)

The pilot and passenger were transported to a local hospital for treatment, but local press report the pilot died from injuries suffered in the crash, and the passenger remains in the hospital with critical injuries.  Pilot named here as 53-year-old Scott Socquet from Milford, Connecticut.  The passenger passed away two days later and was named here as Howard... Read more

21-Oct-19 UR-KTB Robinson R44 Tarasenkove, Ukraine (1F)

Crashed in unknown circumstances and burned out.  Pilot named in press as Taras Kutovoy, former minister of the Ukraine Government... Read more

26-Feb-19 G-HWKS Robinson R44 Sketrick Island, UK

Helicopter struck and broke power cable, but landed OK in a very tight location... Read more

17-Feb-19 LN-ORH Robinson R44 Røldal, Norway (2F)

Impacted terrain in mountainous region.  2 fatal... Read more

30-Jan-19 N484AB Robinson R44 Uvalde, US-Texas

Force landed.  Main rotor severed tail boom... Read more

01-Jan-19 PR-RMZ Robinson R44 Ubatuba, Brazil (1F)

Helicopter on a scenic flight crash landed in a residential street, killing a pedestrian.  The three on board the helicopter were not seriously injured... Read more

02-Nov-18 G-FLYX Robinson R44 Denham, UK

As the helicopter lifted, it began to rotate to the right which the instructor attempted to counter with the application of left pedal and by lowering the collective. The helicopter then rolled to the left and the front of the left skid contacted the ground before breaking off. The helicopter continued to roll further to... Read more

30-Sep-18 N440SH Robinson R44 Westminster, US-Maryland

Helicopter was trying to take off from the top level of a parking garage when the operator lost control, striking a parked car... Read more

11-Nov-17 N744BS Robinson R44 Page, US-Arizona

Crashed at the end of the runway... Read more

06-Nov-17 N7085M Robinson R44 Inwood, US-Iowa

The sheriff was reported as saying Pilot Robert Krier with Ride the Sky Helicopters and passenger Steve Ahrendt, the owner of the cattle, were in the helicopter when it clipped a power line looking for loose cattle. Both occupants reported as suffering serious injuries.... Read more

18-Aug-17 VH-LGN Robinson R44 Channel Point, Australia

Passing 500 ft in a descending turn at approximately 50 kt, the pilot reported the helicopter began to vibrate. The pilot was unable to stop the vibration and conducted a precautionary landing. The helicopter landed hard and severed the tail boom. The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the pilot and three passengers were not injured.... Read more

09-Jun-17 N590GG Robinson R44 Douglas, US-Wyoming

Main blades sliced tail boom and skids splayed out on heavy landing in gusty conditions.  2 POB injured... Read more

03-Jun-17 N7091F Robinson R44 Dimmit, US-Texas (1F)

Date was recorded as 04-Jun-17 when helicopter wreckage was found, but as reports state the pilot’s family were looking “in the middle of the night” for him, and he was last seen on 03-Jun-17, we believe the accident date would most likely have been 03-Jun-17. NTSB also tweeted on 4th June that they were attending... Read more

02-Jun-17 D-HFCQ Robinson R44 Rostock, Germany

Main blades struck street light on final approach to land at the Hohe Düne marina, and the instability created led to the crash.  Tail (including rotor) separated in the accident.  The complete scene is best seen in this YouTube video. Light injuries to the 4 POB – although some reports say 3 POB and one... Read more

28-May-17 XB-CCP Robinson R44 II Chiconquiaco, Mexico

Crashed and destroyed by fire.  3 POB seriously injured.  Passengers named as Carlos Marcelo Ruiz Sánchez and Juan Domínguez were transferred to a hospital in Naolinco, while the pilot was taken to a hospital in Xalapa.... Read more

19-May-17 Robinson R44 Heilbron, South Africa (2F)

two farmers and their sons were returning home from the Nampo Harvest Day on Bothaville in the Free State when the accident occurred.  One farmer, Douw Wentzel Snr, and the other farmer’s son Andre Deale suffered fatal injuries.... Read more

17-May-17 VH-MNU Robinson R44 Moreton Island, Australia

During aerial work, the helicopter collided with trees and subsequently with terrain. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

10-May-17 N428JG Robinson R44 Vevay, US-Indiana

Struck powerline during agricultural work and force landed in the field below... Read more

05-May-17 N981RR Robinson R44 Santa Barbara, US-California

Two passengers and a pilot were taking a waterfront tour, when the R44 experienced mechanical problems and an emergency landing was made.  The helicopter struck two vans near a golf course and caught fire, but all three occupants got out before the flames broke out. Operator was Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours, who lease it from... Read more

04-May-17 RA-04156 Robinson R44 Inzer, Russia (3F)

Crashed killing 3 onboard as the helicopter was monitoring forest fires in Bashkortostan, Russia. Reports coming in state that the pilot and 2 forestry workers were killed instantly when the R44 came down in the forest... Read more

03-May-17 F-HUSH Robinson R44 II Monléon-Magnoac, France

Helicopter sank into the ground on landing and then tilted backwards. The pilot applies more power but loses control of the helicopter which falls onto its side. BEA 2017-0233... Read more

03-May-17 N401JS Robinson R44 Cimarron, US-New Mexico

FAA report no injuries in force landing, damage to helicopter “unknown”... Read more

26-Mar-16 C-GAWZ Robinson R44 Redfern Lake, Canada

on a local pleasure flight from a private facility at Redfern Lake, BC. As the pilot attempted a landing at approximately 7800 feet ASL near the edge of a cirque, the aircraft encountered descending air on final. The pilot elected to continue the approach and increased the collective to maintain the sight picture. The pilot... Read more

09-Dec-15 N4427H Robinson R44 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Accident reported on NTSB website without further details... Read more

02-Dec-15 ZS-SDJ Robinson R44 II Musiva, South Africa (2F)

Both occupants suffered fatal injuries when this R44 went down in the Limpopo region of South Africa. The pair were named as De Klerk van Heerden and Roxanne van der Bank... Read more

16-Oct-15 N443MM Robinson R44 II Lincoln Park, US-Illinois

Emergency landing in the parking lot outside a store after reported fuel problems.  No Damage apparent in press photos... Read more

07-Oct-15 ZS-HIG Robinson R44 Lephalale, South Africa

Helicopter crashed, injuring vet Niel Kriel and game keeper Dirk Uys... Read more

07-Oct-15 VH-ZWA Robinson R44 Darwin, Australia

During takeoff, the helicopter rolled over. The pilot, the only person on board, received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

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