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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233187
Last updated: 1 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H269 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schweizer 269C-1
Owner/operator:Tomlinson Aviation Inc
Registration: N731TA
C/n / msn: 0236
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ormond Beach Municipal Airport (KOMN), Volusia County, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Ormond Beach, FL (OMN)
Destination airport:Ormond Beach, FL (OMN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The student pilot reported that, while on his first solo flight in a helicopter, the wind began to increase. Concerned the wind may become unsafe, he decided to make a full-stop landing and complete the flight. After coming in for landing and while hovering over the runway, an air traffic controller instructed the student to exit the runway via the nearest taxiway. As he made a right pedal turn onto the taxiway, the helicopter began to yaw aggressively right. Concerned the helicopter was encountering a loss of tail rotor effectiveness, he applied additional right pedal and forward cyclic to increase airspeed and abort the landing. The helicopter began to spin uncontrollably and gain altitude. He rolled off the throttle and pulled aft cyclic and full collective, the right skid impacted the ground, and the helicopter then rolled onto its right side. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom and fuselage. The student reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The student pilot's improper pedal and cyclic input while maneuvering, which resulted in a loss of helicopter control.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

23-Feb-2020 21:06 Captain Adam Added
01-Sep-2020 16:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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