Robinson R-44 RA-04179 14.03.2016

Accident date14.03.2016
Investigation status
Aircraft registration numberRA-04179
Place of aircraft departure
Airport of departure
Intended destination
Intended Airport of arrival
Accident sitein the area of Voskresenskoye locality (the Republic of Bashkortostan)
Aircraft typeRobinson R44
Serial №
Aircraft operator"Light Air" CJSC
Aircraft owner"Light Air" CJSC
The date of the completion of the investigation (report)10.01.2017
Number of fatalities0
Victims accuracy
Degree of aircraft destructionaircraft damaged

report_ra-04179.pdf (1.69 MB)

Aviation typeCommercial
Works type

15 march 2016

The accident with Robinson R-44 RA-04179 helicopter owned by "Light Air" CJSC occurred in the area of Voskresenskoye locality (the Republic of Bashkortostan) on 14 March 2016. According to the available information the pilot and a passenger on board didn't suffer, the rotorcraft was damaged.

The Interstate Aviation Committee has assigned the Investigation team of this accident in accordance with the Russian Aviation Legislation. The Investigation team has started its work.

23 january 2017

The Interstate Aviation Committee Investigation team has completed the investigation of the accident with R-44 RA-04179 helicopter owned by Light Air Airline occurred in the Republic of Bashkortostan (RF) on March 14, 2016.

Most probably the R-44 RA-04179 helicopter accident was caused by the flight altitude monitoring loss by PIC in course of emergency landing to a white field entering the weather conditions, which didn't meet VFR.

PIC's late decision to divert under the weather in flight deterioration contributed to the accident.

Appropriate safety recommendations based on the investigation results were developed.