Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2005 Issue

November 27, 2004, Arlington, Wash. / Robinson R22 Beta

At about 0935 Pacific time, the helicopter was destroyed after impacting terrain during an uncontrolled descent while maneuvering near Arlington, Wash. The flight instructor and the pilot-rated student sustained fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed for the local flight that departed the Arlington Municipal Airport, Arlington, Wash., at approximately 0930. Numerous witnesses saw the helicopter flying over the area before it impacted the ground. One witness reported hearing the helicopter “...make a loud bang, then watched it fall from the sky.” Another witness reported seeing the helicopter flying north from AWO, “...and as it disappeared into the distance I heard a large prolonged ‘sh...

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