Accident Agusta A109E N142CF,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 296451
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Date:Friday 8 November 2002
Time:10:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A109 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Agusta A109E
Owner/operator:North Central Texas Services, Inc.
Registration: N142CF
MSN: 11141
Year of manufacture:2002
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Fort Worth, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Fort Worth, TX (TE30)
Destination airport:Grand Prairie Municipal Airport, TX (KGPM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
After landing on the helipad, the pilot reduced the throttles to flight idle. The pilot was then going to demonstrate to the flight crew how the helicopter could taxi and perform a running takeoff. The pilot initiated the takeoff roll, added collective, and realized the engines were not at 100 percent power. Subsequently, the helicopter became airborne, departed the heliport and came to rest on the roof of a lower level parking garage. In an interview, the pilot reported that "he attempted a rolling take-off...with an incorrect power setting (selection switch) which resulted in an emergency landing on the roof of an adjacent automobile parking garage due to insufficient engine power to maintain flight." The pilot had accumulated approximately 6,500 total helicopter flight hours, with 3,100 flight hours as a flight instructor in helicopters, and 25 total hours in the same make and model as the accident helicopter.

Probable Cause: The pilot's attempted running takeoff with the power controls in the improper position.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report
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19 January 2006 N142CF CareFlight 0 Forth Worth, TX sub
Bounced on landing

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