NTSB Identification: WPR13LA222
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 08, 2013 in Honolulu, HI
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 BETA, registration: N5ZK
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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On May 08, 2013, about 1520 Hawaiian standard time, a Robinson R22 Beta, N5ZK, collided with an unoccupied parked automobile following a total loss of engine power while maneuvering over Honolulu, Hawaii. HLM Aviation owned the helicopter, and Hawaii Pacific Aviation (doing business as Mauna Loa Helicopters) was operating the helicopter under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The certified flight instructor (CFI) was not injured and the passenger sustained minor injuries; the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The local aerial observation flight departed from Honolulu International Airport about 1455. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The CFI stated that the purpose of the flight was for her to orbit the helicopter over an area known as Punchbowl, located about 5 nautical miles south of the airport. She departed as planned and proceeded to Punchbowl, completing two orbits before deciding she needed to add carburetor heat. The CFI slowed the helicopter to about 35 knots in an effort to help facilitate the passenger in taking his aerial photographs. While maneuvering about 3,000 feet above ground level (agl), the engine suddenly experienced a total loss of power, which was immediately followed by the low rpm light and horn activating.

The CFI further reported that in response to the engine failure she lowered the collective and entered an autorotation. She configured the helicopter at a 60-knot airspeed and maneuvered to land on a one-way street below that had no wires in the flight path. She began to flare about 40 knots agl and the helicopter touched down on the road and skidded into a parked automobile.

The wreckage was taken to a hangar for further examination.

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