Accident Hughes 269C N2056J, 28 Dec 2013
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162892
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H269 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hughes 269C
Owner/operator:Wings Air Llc
Registration: N2056J
MSN: S1820
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Westchester County Airport (KHPN), White Plains, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:White Plains, NY (HPN)
Destination airport:White Plains, NY (HPN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The flight instructor (CFI) was demonstrating a 180-degree autorotation to a student pilot while performing an instructional flight. The CFI reported entering the autorotation when, at about 100 feet agl, the indicated airspeed suddenly dropped to about 40 knots. He pushed the cyclic forward in an attempt to regain airspeed and flared at about 50 feet agl in an attempt to slow down the helicopter's rate of descent. The helicopter landed on the edge of the runway on the back of the skids, bounced back into the air, and began an accelerated yaw to the right. According to the CFI, he lowered the collective and reduced throttle while the helicopter spun four or five times. The helicopter subsequently impacted the ground, and came to rest on its left side. A postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the cabin and the tail boom. The CFI reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The flight instructor's failure to maintain airspeed during a practice autorotation, which resulted in a hard landing and subsequent loss of control


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

29-Dec-2013 10:59 gerard57 Added
29-Dec-2013 13:00 Anon. Updated [Registration]
29-Dec-2013 18:47 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
29-Dec-2013 18:47 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
29-Dec-2013 22:15 daBear Updated [Location]
26-Aug-2014 06:14 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 09:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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