Experienced Representation in Cases Involving Robinson Helicopter Crashes 2018-10-19T11:42:05+00:00

Experienced Representation in Cases Involving Robinson Helicopter Crashes

Robinson Helicopter

The team at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman has represented over 650 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, 2011the 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, 2007a 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 1,419 accidents involving Robinson Helicopter aircraft, 626 of them fatal accidents resulting in 1,252 deaths. Following, are the injury and fatality statistics, per the NTSB accident database for each Robinson model aircraft, as of October 18, 2018:

Model R22 – 933 R22 accidents; 167 of those incidents were fatal; 243 people have died

Model R44 – 441 R44 accidents; 163 of those incidents were fatal; 341 people have died

Model R66 – 24 R66 accidents; 12 of those incidents were fatal; 28 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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Our Robinson Helicopter Cases and Lawyers in the News

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

Read Our Robinson Helicopter Articles and Press Releases

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

View our additional helicopter crash case history.