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Narrative:The pilot and passenger were inbound to land, and the pilot requested permission to perform an autorotation, which was approved. The pilot reported that he did not think he was going to reach the runway during the autorotation, so he added power. The engine failed to respond and the tail stinger contacted the ground resulting in the separation of the tail boom.
|Owner/operator:||Hale Properties LLC|
|C/n / msn:|| 0667|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Palo Alto, California -
United States of America
|Departure airport:||SAN CARLOS, CA|
|Destination airport:||PALO ALTO, CA|
The pilot pulled collective pitch; the helicopter briefly became airborne, and spun violently to the right. The pilot maintained a level attitude and the helicopter landed hard. After the rotor stopped, they exited the helicopter. The pilot stated that he should have used carburetor heat prior to the extended engine idle period of the autorotation. The temperature and dew point were in the serious icing-glide power range.
||Dr. John Smith
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