Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary WPR23LA009

Moab, UT, USA

Aircraft #1




The pilot reported that, he was initiating a landing to a ledge. As the landing skids contacted the ground, the pilot felt the helicopter settle tail first. Startled by this, he abruptly raised the collective, unaware that he was holding forward cyclic input. As power was applied, the rear skids lifted off the ground first, creating a nose low attitude. The helicopter subsequently rolled over onto its right side substantially damaging the fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s loss of helicopter control during landing, that resulted in a dynamic roll over.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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