The team at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman has represented nearly 700 victims in a wide variety of air accidents, including many helicopter crashes. We have conducted extensive investigations related to crashes involving Robinson Helicopter Company. We have visited their headquarters in Torrance, California (not far from our main office in Los Angeles) on numerous occasions to conduct post crash inspections of the helicopters involved in our clients’ cases and to take depositions of company personnel.
“[The chief pilot for a rescue helicopter company] says that ‘Robinsons are vulnerable to turbulence,’ but I would add that they are also vulnerable to medium gusts of wind, mast bumping, loss of tail rotor authority, blade delaminations, blade fatigue and belt failures, to name a few…We have lost some [very] experienced and seasoned pilots to R44 crashes.”
Attorney Ilyas Akbari in The Daily Breeze
“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
Cases We Have Handled Involving Robinson Helicopters
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 R44 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 began in 1973 as a helicopter manufacturing company, based in Southern California, which produces the R22, a two-seater model, and the R44, a four-seater model. In 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration certified the company’s newest model, the R66, a turbine-powered model, and since that time more than 800 R66 helicopters have been sold. In the past four decades, the company has built more than 12,000 helicopters.
The company employs a workforce of approximately 1,000 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
There have been 1,473 accidents or incidents involving Robinson Helicopter aircraft, 362 of them fatal accidents resulting in 647 deaths. Following, are the injury and fatality statistics, per the NTSB accident database for each Robinson model aircraft, as of May 29, 2019:
Model R22 – 978 R22 accidents; 176 of those incidents were fatal; 257 people have died
Model R44 – 468 R44 accidents; 173 of those incidents were fatal; 360 people have died
Model R66 – 27 R66 accidents; 13 of those incidents were fatal; 30 people have died
Contact Us for a Free Initial Consultation
If a Robinson helicopter crash has had a serious impact on your family, contact us online or call 800-827-0087. Based in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., we have the experience and expertise and are available to handle all types of airline, general aviation, and helicopter crashes throughout the U.S. and around the world, and especially crashes involving helicopters manufactured by Robinson Helicopter Co.
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