Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2013 Issue

April 3, 2013, Miami, Fla., Robinson R44 Raven

At about 1600 Eastern time, the helicopter impacted the ground while conducting a post-maintenance test flight. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The test flight was to perform a track and balance procedure on the newly installed main rotor blades. Multiple witnesses reported hearing an explosion as the helicopter flew overhead and seeing its empennage depart the aircraft before the initial impact.

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