Aircraft Incident/Accident Report


Douglas, Arizona 85608
Friday, March 13, 2009 18:30 PDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The helicopter pilot reported that he landed on a semi-trailer to pay the truck driver for a load of hay, and subsequently exited the helicopter with the engine running, the control frictions on, and the governor off. The pilot revealed that after exiting the helicopter and while he was paying the truck driver, the helicopter fell off of the truck, which resulted in substantial damage to its tail boom.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's failure to properly secure the helicopter prior to exiting the aircraft.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date3/13/2009 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event1830 
Event Time ZonePacific Daylight Time 
Event CityDouglas 
Event StateARIZONA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site85608 
Event Date Year2009 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude314515N 
Event Location Longitude1090455W 
Event Location Airport-- 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID-- 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceUnknown 
Time of the weather observation 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)-- 
Weather Observation Facility ID-- 
Elevation of weather observation facility-- 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)-- 
Time Zone of the weather observation-- 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud Conditions-- 
Sky Condition for Lowest Ceiling-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) -- 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)-- 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-- 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)-- 
Variable Wind Indicator-- 
Wind Speed (knots)-- 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust Indicator-- 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) -- 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)25354 
NTSB Notification SourceRegional Operations Center  
NTSB Notification Date-- 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information-- 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 15 2009 2:24PM 
User who most recently changed recordstam 
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN157SH 
NTSB NumberWPR09CA155 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedUnknown 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameRobinson Helicopter 
Aircraft ModelR22 Beta 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number4163 
Certified Max Gross Weight1370 
Aircraft CategoryHelicopter 
Aircraft Registration Class-- 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection100 Hour 
Date of Last InspectionDec 1 2008 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection75 
Airframe Hours975 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT TypeUnknown 
Aircraft Owner NameMatthew Spitzer 
Aircraft Owner Street Address-- 
Aircraft Owner CityHayward 
Aircraft Owner StateAZ 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode94545 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameRichard Snure 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator CityDouglas 
Operator StateAZ 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code85608 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Other Work Use 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport Code-- 
Departure CityDouglas 
Departure StateAZ 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time-- 
Departure Time ZonePDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code-- 
Destination CityDouglas 
Destination StateAZ 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 15 2009 2:24PM 
User who most recently changed recordstam 
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and LocationN/A 
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--