NTSB Identification: LAX92LA280.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47022.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, July 04, 1992 in BARSTOW, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1993
Aircraft: ROBINSON R-22B, registration: N2321R
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE HELICOPTER WAS ENGAGED IN FILMING AN OFF ROAD VEHICLE RACE FOR A MAJOR SPORTS TELEVISION NETWORK. THE PILOT SAID HE WAS FOLLOWING THE RACE CARS ON THE COURSE AND MADE A LOW ALTITUDE TURN INTO A TAILWIND HE LATER DISCOVERED WAS 20 KNOTS OR GREATER. THE HELICOPTER LOST MAIN ROTOR RPM, DESCENDED INTO A HILLSIDE AND ROLLED OVER. ACCORDING TO THE LIMITATIONS SECTION OF THE ROBINSON R22B POH, THE MAXIMUM DEMONSTRATED TAILWIND COMPONENT CAPABILITY IS 17 KNOTS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

1) THE PILOT'S MANEUVERING AT LOW ALTITUDE INTO A TAILWIND CONDITION WHICH EXCEEDED THE PERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES OF THE HELICOPTER, 2) HIS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PROPER MAIN ROTOR RPM, AND 3) THE PILOT'S SELECTION OF AN ALTITUDE FOR THE MANEUVERS WHICH WAS TOO LOW TO ALLOW FOR REMEDIAL ACTION.

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