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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134778
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Date:01-JAN-2001
Time:15:29
Type:Silhouette image of generic EXEC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RotorWay Exec 152
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N94LW
C/n / msn: 71851
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Placerville, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Placerville, CA (61Q)
Destination airport:Placerville, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The student pilot finished building the helicopter and this was its first flight. He had received 11 hours of flight instruction and was endorsed for hover only solo. The pilot reported that he was 1-2 feet in the air and as he began backing the helicopter the tail rotor guard struck the ground, the main rotor struck the tail boom, and the left skid struck the ground. The skid collapsed and the helicopter rolled over. After exiting, the pilot attempted to right the helicopter, but fuel leaking from the fuel cap ignited when it contacted the exhaust. The helicopter was destroyed in the subsequent fire.
Probable Cause: The failure of the student pilot to maintain adequate ground clearance while hovering.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20010113X00297&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 10:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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