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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216213
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Time:17:05 EDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:Heliflight Leasing, Inc.
Registration: N8364Z
C/n / msn: 0426
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Destination airport:Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
On October 19, 1999, about 17:05 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), a Robinson R-44, N8364Z, registered to Heliflight Leasing, Inc., operating as a Title 14 CFR Part 91 sales demonstration flight, sustained a main rotor strike and separation of the tail boom upon landing at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The helicopter received substantial damage and the CFI-rated pilot, a private pilot-rated student, and a passenger were not injured. The flight departed the same airport about one hour before the accident.

According to the pilot-in-command, as he set the helicopter down for final landing, the craft bounced 1 to 2 inches and at the top of the bounce, he mistakenly applied right cyclic. Despite his applying corrective controls, the main rotor collided with the ground and the tail boom. In rapid succession, the nose pivoted 180 degrees, the tail boom was severed, and the landing skids sustained ground collision damage. In subsequent telephone conversations with the NTSB, the pilot stated that there were no contributing factors such as surface winds, propeller or rotor wash, or helicopter control problems, and he would characterize the event as, "..just bad technique".

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The PIC's improper use of cyclic control during landing which resulted in a main rotor strike of the terrain and the rotorcraft's tail boom.


1. Accident Number: MIA00LA011 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

12-Oct-2018 14:51 Dr.John Smith Added

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