Friday, February 21, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Schweizer 269C-1, N731TA; accident occurred February 17, 2020 at Ormond Beach Municipal Airport (KOMN), Volusia County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Accident Number: ERA20CA104
Date & Time: 02/17/2020, 1515 EST
Registration: N731TA
Aircraft: Schweizer 269C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The pilot reported that, while on his first solo flight in a helicopter the wind began to increase. Concerned the wind may become unsafe, he deiced to make a full stop landing and complete the solo lesson. After landing and coming to a hover over the runway, air traffic control instructed him to exit the runway via nearest the taxiway. As he made a right pedal turn onto the taxiway the helicopter began to yaw aggressively to the right. Concerned the helicopter was encountering loss of tail rotor effectiveness, he applied additional right pedal and forward cyclic to increase airspeed and abort the landing. The helicopter begun to spin uncontrollably and gain altitude. He rolled off the throttle, pulled aft cyclic, and full collective, the right skid impacted the ground and rolled onto the helicopters right side.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom, and fuselage.

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

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 030° at 7 knots. The pilot was landing the helicopter on runway 9.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/19/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 64.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 13.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 14 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schweizer
Registration: N731TA
Model/Series: 269C 1
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 0236
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/03/2020, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2717.5 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: HIO-360-G1A
Registered Owner: Tomlinson Aviation Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Tomlinson Aviation Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOMN, 29 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2050 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 171°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Atual: None / None
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ormond Beach, FL (OMN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ormond Beach, FL (OMN)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:  EST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Ormond Beach Muni (OMN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 27 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4005 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.301111, -81.113889 (est)

ORMOND BEACH, Florida – A helicopter flipped onto its side Monday at the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport while the pilot was practicing a touch-and-go landings, officials with the airport said. 

The Schweizer 269C-1 owned by Tomlinson Aviation was being used for a touch-and-go operation at the airport around 3 p.m. when for an unknown reason it tipped over in a grassy area between a runway and a taxiway, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot was the only person on board and was uninjured, airport officials said.

Ormond Beach police said they assisted with traffic. Fire Rescue also responded to the scene.

The helicopter will remain on the field until the Federal Aviation Administration authorizes its removal.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause, according to the Federal Aviation Administration statement.

Sky 6 aerial video of the helicopter showed the helicopter was up right about an hour after the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤

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