Accident McDonnell Douglas MD 500E (369E) N369PD, 20 Jan 2009
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 287194
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Time:14:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas MD 500E (369E)
Owner/operator:City Of Atlanta Police Department
Registration: N369PD
MSN: 0557E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Atlanta, Georgia -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL)
Destination airport:Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter pilot was informed before landing about the wind direction and velocity (330 degrees at 18 knots with gusts to 28 knots). After an uneventful landing he began shutdown of the helicopter. He applied down collective and friction, and following a 2-minute cooldown period for the engine he closed the throttle and guarded the cyclic control. When the main rotor was at 200 rpm, he felt a wind gust from the right side of the helicopter and then heard a loud sound. He applied the rotor brake and exited the helicopter after the main rotor blades stopped. At that time he noted damage to the main rotor blades and also to the tailboom.

Probable Cause: Wind gusts during engine shutdown, which resulted in the main rotor blades contacting the tailboom.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report

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