Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Schweizer 269C-1, N2032S, Hummingbird Aviation LLC: Accident occurred May 22, 2017 at Flying Cloud Airport (KFCM), Eden Prairie, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA296
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 22, 2017 in Eden Prairie, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2017
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 269C, registration: N2032S
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The flight instructor in the helicopter reported that the student pilot was practicing autorotations from a hover while pointing the helicopter into the wind over tall grass from about 1 ft above the ground. He added that the student “rolled off the throttle, the helicopter descended to the ground, appeared to bounce, moved slightly to the right and began a quick roll to the right.” Subsequently, the helicopter pivoted on its right skid, the main rotor impacted terrain, and the helicopter rolled over to the right. 

The main rotor and windscreen sustained substantial damage.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's loss of lateral control while practicing autorotations from a hover and the flight instructor's delayed remedial action, which resulted in a bounced landing and dynamic roll-over.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Operator: Hummingbird Ventures LLC
Operator Does Business As: Hummingbird Aviation

WestStar Ventures LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N2032S

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA296
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 22, 2017 in Eden Prairie, MN
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 269C, registration: N2032S
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The flight instructor in the helicopter reported that the student pilot was practicing auto-rotations from a hover, while pointing the helicopter into the wind over tall grass, from about 1 foot above ground. He added that the student, "rolled off the throttle, the helicopter descended to the ground, appeared to bounce, moved slightly to the right and began a quick roll to the right." Subsequently, the helicopter pivoted on it's right skid, the main rotor impacted terrain, and the helicopter rolled over to the right.

The main rotor and windscreen sustained substantial damage.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.






EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) - No serious injuries were reported after a helicopter crashed while practicing landings Monday afternoon at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

According to Eden Prairie Police, the crash happened at 3:23 p.m. The two people inside the helicopter escaped with minor injuries.

According to the Metropolitan Airport Commission, the occupants of the helicopter were practicing takeoffs and landings in a turf area at Flying Cloud. One of the landings went badly, and the helicopter flipped onto its side and broke a rotor.

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AIRCRAFT:  2000 Schweizer 269C-1  SN# 0107  N2032S        

ENGINE:       Lycoming HO-360-C1A SN# RL-40781-36E                   

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:       581.2 Since Factory rebuild by Lycoming on 1/28/2016              

PROPELLER:        Rotors destroyed      

AIRFRAME:    5,773.5 TTSN                   

OTHER EQUIPMENT: NAT Intercom, KX-155, KMA-24, GTX-330  

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT: On 5/23 during an autorotation flight training maneuver a hard landing occurred with helicopter rolling onto its side with substantial damage.   

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:  Rotor blades destroyed, sudden engine stoppage, rotating parts shock loaded, tail boom damaged, fuel tank crushed, windshields broken, cabin structure deformed, skids stressed.               

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Eden Prairie, MN           

REMARKS:  Adjuster has logs, records and keys. 

Read more here:   http://www.avclaims.com/N2032S.htm      

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