Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Robinson R66, Robinson Helicopter Co., N266RH: Accident occurred February 23, 2016 in Torrance, Los Angeles County, California


NTSB Identification: WPR16LA075 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 23, 2016 in Torrance, CA
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER CO R66, registration: N266RH
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 23, 2016, about 1145 Pacific standard time, a Robinson R66, N266RH, sustained substantial damage following a precautionary autorotation at Zamperini Field airport (TOA), Torrance, California. The pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The helicopter was registered to, and operated by, Robinson Helicopter Company under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated from TOA at 1145.

The pilot reported that he was executing a simulated maximum performance takeoff. About 200 feet above ground level, the pilot felt vibrations and subsequently performed an autorotation to an open area. The helicopter impacted the ground and the main rotor blades contacted the tailboom, which resulted in substantial damage.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Long Beach FSDO-05

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