Robinson Helicopter Crashes
Helicopter Accident Lawyers Serving Clients Nationwide
At Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, our attorneys have represented nearly 800 victims in a wide variety of air accidents, including many helicopter crashes. Throughout this process, we have conducted extensive investigations related to crashes involving Robinson Helicopter Company. We have even visited their headquarters in Torrance, California on numerous occasions to conduct post-crash inspections of the helicopters involved in our clients’ cases and to take depositions of company personnel.
“It’s very surprising to see this kind of repetitiveness. We’ve
handled cases against almost every single manufacturer; you see nothing
like the quantity you see with Robinson.”
-Attorney Ronald L. M. Goldman in The Daily Breeze
“Robinson, in my opinion, continues to prioritize profit over safety
and it’s a shame.”
-Attorney Ronald L. M. Goldman in Heli Hub
Do you need to speak with an attorney who can handle your Robinson Helicopter crash case? Call Baum Hedlund today at (855) 948-5098 or contact us online.
Cases We Have Handled Involving Robinson Helicopters
June 12, 2021, Robinson R44 crash in Windwhistle, New Zealand. An R44 helicopter, carrying a newly married couple and a photographer, crashed after the aircraft’s engine lost power. The three passengers and the pilot all sustained serious injuries.
April 22, 2021, Robinson R44 helicopter crash in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. The pilot was killed when the helicopter began to spiral after he made a slight right turn. The helicopter collided with trees and terrain in a remote, wooded area near Forkston.
July 4, 2020, Robinson R44 helicopter crash in Broome, Australia. The pilot and a passenger died and two others were critically injured when the R44 crashed in a suburb of Broome, after witnessed heard a loud bang.
January 9, 2020, Robinson R66 crash near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Experienced pilot Mark Croce, a prominent businessman from Buffalo, was piloting the aircraft when it allegedly experienced a sudden and catastrophic break up inflight during normal flight and crashed, killing Mr. Croce and his colleague.
January 30, 2018, Robinson R44 helicopter crash near Newport Beach, California. The R44 crashed into a house, killing the pilot and two passengers. Another passenger was seriously injured and one person on the ground was also injured. Baum Hedlund represents all of the passengers from this crash.
January 4, 2017, Robinson R22 helicopter crash in San Pedro, California. The R22 crashed into the waters at the Port of Los Angeles during an aerial photo shoot of cruise ships.
June 23, 2016, Robinson R66 helicopter crash, near Wikieup, Arizona. The R66 crashed during a cross-country flight, headed for Riverside, California to conduct a chief pilot check ride with an FAA inspector.
March 22, 2015, Robinson R44 helicopter crash, near Orlando, Florida. The R44 collided with a building and exploded into fire.
November 20, 2013, Robinson R66 helicopter crash, Mangaratiba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
July 9, 2012, Robinson R22 crash, near Murrieta, California. The R22 crashed during flight instruction.
July 12, 2011, the first Robinson R66 helicopter crash, near Flandes, Colombia, (two people were killed). We inspected this wreckage in Colombia and then had it shipped to the U.S. We and our team of experts are conducting an extensive investigation into this crash.
August 29, 2008, crash near Table Rock Lake, Missouri, involving a Robinson R44 II operated by Central Illinois Air Corp., (two people were killed). This case resolved with a confidential settlement.
June 14, 2008, Robinson R44 II operated by Adventure Helicopter Tours crashed in Topanga Canyon, California (the two passengers and the pilot were injured). We resolved this case with a confidential settlement.
August 2, 2007, a Robinson R44 II charter flight operated by Classic Helicopter Corp., crashed and burned three miles south of Easton, Washington (three passengers and one pilot were killed). We resolved this case on the eve of trial with a confidential settlement.
July 8, 2004, a Robinson R22 Beta Helicopter crashed in Rochester, Minnesota (the student pilot was killed, and the flight instructor seriously injured). This case was resolved with a confidential settlement.
November 27, 2001, a Robinson R22 Helicopter crashed in San Salvador, El Salvador (the passenger and pilot were both killed). We were successful in obtaining U.S. jurisdiction for this case and we subsequently resolved it for our clients with a confidential settlement.
Robinson Helicopter Company Overview
Robinson Helicopter Company was established in 1973 as a helicopter manufacturing company, based in Southern California. They produce the R22, a two-seater model, the R44, a four-seater model and the R66, a turbine-powered model. In the past four decades, the company has manufactured and delivered more than 13,000 helicopters.
The company employs a workforce of approximately 1,300 workers who work in manufacturing, refurbishing older aircraft and providing training for instructors and technicians. Robinson also offers helicopters that are made specifically for law enforcement agencies and news organizations.
Robinson Helicopter Crash History
In total, there have been more than 1,600 accidents or incidents involving Robinson Helicopter aircraft, 404 of them fatal accidents resulting in 715 deaths. We have been calculating these statistics using the NTSB aviation database for years. Before the NTSB switched their data search tool over to its new Case Analysis and Reporting Online - or CAROL query system in October 2020, we had calculated the total crashes for Robinson aircraft. Since the switch to the CAROL system, the new database comes up short as it does not include aviation crashes before 2008. Therefore, we calculate the total number of Robinson helicopter crashes using the baseline from the previous NTSB database and add the new crashes since 2008 using the new CAROL query system.
Below are the injury and fatality statistics per the NTSB accident database for each Robinson model aircraft, as of January 7, 2022:
- Model R22 – 1009 R22 accidents; 185 of those incidents were fatal; 273 people have died
- Model R44 – 559 R44 accidents; 201 of those incidents were fatal; 403 people have died
- Model R66 – 40 R66 accidents; 18 of those incidents were fatal; 39 people have died
Our Robinson Helicopter Cases and Lawyers in the News
Lawsuit Blames Croce Crash on Defective R66 Robinson Helicopter | Press Release
- Preliminary report released on helicopter crash that killed Mark Croce, Michael Capriotto – WKBW TV | Buffalo, NY
- Experts blamed weather in fatal crash, but lawsuit alleges design flaw of Torrance-built Robinson helicopter – Daily Breeze
- Choppers down: Mystery of fatal flights – The New Zealand Herald
- Air safety board issues preliminary report on fatal Port of LA crash of Torrance-built helicopter– Daily Breeze
- Another fatal Robinson helicopter crash prompts grounding by New Zealand agency – Daily Breeze
- Fatal crashes puts Torrance-made Robinson helicopters on ‘watch list’ in New Zealand – Daily Breeze
- NTSB: Robinson helicopter crashes have killed 19, injured 41 in Florida since 2000 – Orlando Sentinel
- Suit over Robinson Helicopter deaths must be litigated in U.S., judge says – Daily Breeze
- Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance subject of wrongful death lawsuit – Daily Breeze
- Baum Hedlund brings first R66 wrongful death lawsuit – HeliHub
- Helicopter Model Involved In Fatal Crash Has Troubling Track Record – CBS News Miami
- Death of 4, Robinson Helicopter Faces Trial, Fuel Tank Design On The R44 II – AVstop.com
- ‘Ford Pinto’ of Helicopters? – Santa Barbara Independent
- Robinson R44 Low-Impact Crashes Resulting in Post-Crash Fire
- Robinson R44 Helicopter Experienced Hard Landing in Sherman Oaks
- Troy Gentry Killed in New Jersey Helicopter Crash
- Search Called Off for Men Missing After Molokai Helicopter Crash
- Jury Awards $21.7 Million to Families of Helicopter Crash Victims
- FAA Too Slow in Adopting Helicopter Fuel Tank Crashworthiness Standards
- Robinson R44 Helicopter Forced to Make Emergency Landing in England on Same Day New Zealand Lifts Directive Grounding All R44’s
- FAA Issues Airworthiness Directive for Robinson Helicopter Company
- New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority Urged to Take Action on Robinson R22 Helicopters
- Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Denies Robinson Helicopter Company’s Motion to Remove Helicopter Crash Trial Outside U.S.
- 60 Minutes Australia Exposes the Dark Side of Robinson Helicopters
- Is the Design of the Robinson R66 Defective?
- Los Angeles Crash Victims Sue Robinson Helicopter Company, Rolls Royce and Honeywell, Claiming Newly Designed R66 is Defective
- After 74 Deaths and 15 Injuries, Will the FAA Follow Australia’s Lead and Ground Unsafe Robinson Helicopters?
- Fatal Robinson R44 “Low-Impact Post-Crash” Fires Spur Bulletins
Contact Us for a Free Initial Consultation
If a Robinson helicopter crash has had a serious impact on your family, contact us online or give us a call to schedule a free consultation. Based in Los Angeles, we have the experience and expertise for these cases, and we are available to handle all types of airline, general aviation, and helicopter crashes throughout the U.S. and around the world, especially crashes involving helicopters manufactured by Robinson Helicopter Co.
Contact us at (855) 948-5098 to get started with a free consultation.
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