Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Enstrom F-28F Falcon, N52PD, Airwest Aviation Academy LLC: Incident occurred August 22, 2017 in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this incident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Airwest Aviation Academy LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N52PD

NTSB Identification: WPR17IA198
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in Glendale, AZ
Aircraft: ENSTROM F 28F, registration: N52PD
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

On August 22, 2017, about 0904 mountain standard time, an Enstrom F-28F helicopter, N52PD, experienced smoke emanating from the engine cowling area while the flight instructor and student pilot were practicing hovering auto-rotations at the Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU) Glendale, Arizona. The helicopter had just touched down and therefore an immediate engine shutdown was accomplished. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The helicopter was not damaged. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Airwest Aviation Academy LLC as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed GEU about 0750.

The helicopter was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

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