N7530R NTSB Report

National Transportation Safety Board
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report

Location:

Newport Beach, CA

Accident Number :

WPR18FA077

Date & Time :

01/30/2018 , 1350 PST

Registration:

N7530R

Aircraft:

ROBINSON HELICOPTER R44

Injuries :

3 Fatal , 1 Serious, 1 Minor

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On January 30, 2018, about 1350 Pacific standard time, a Robinson Helicopter R44, N7530R, was destroyed when it impacted three residential houses while maneuvering near Newport Beach, California. The private pilot and two of the three passengers sustained fatal injuries, one passenger sustained serious injuries, and one person located on the ground sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to Spitzer Helicopter and operated by Revolution Aviation under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal cross-country flight. The flight originated from the John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) about 1 minute prior to the accident, with an intended destination of Catalina Island, California.

Multiple witnesses adjacent to the accident site reported observing the helicopter in level flight before it began descending in a nose low attitude toward a residential area. Witnesses reported that the helicopter struck the roof of two houses before it impacted the ground. Subsequently, the helicopter came to rest on its left side against a third house.

The accident site was located about 0.95 miles south, southeast of the departure end of runway 20R at SNA. The wreckage debris path was oriented on a heading of about 189 o magnetic and about 86 feet in length. All major structural components of the helicopter were located within the debris path.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Ma ke :

ROBINSON HELICOPTER

Registration:

N7530R

Model/Series:

R44 UNDESIGNAT

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built :

No

Operator:

Revolution Helicopters

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light :

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KSNA , 55 ft msl

Observation Time:

2153 UTC

Distance from Accident Site:

1 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

26°C / -2°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Few / 13000 ft agl

Wind Speed/Gusts , Direction :

5 knots / , 210°

Lowest Ceiling:

Broken / 18000 ft agl

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.98 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Santa Ana , CA (SNA)

Destination:

Catalina Island , CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Fatal

Aircraft Damage:

Destroyed

Passenger Injuries:

2 Fatal , 1 Serious

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

1 Minor

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

3 Fatal , 1 Serious, 1 Minor

Latitude, Longitude:

33.654167, -117.871389

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Joshua Cawthra

Additional Participating Persons:

Dave Keenan; Federal Aviation Administration; Washington, DC

Note :

The NTSB traveled to the scene of this accident.

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