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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215429
Last updated: 12 September 2020
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Date:14-MAR-2018
Time:11:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic H269 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 269
Owner/operator:John Deer Trustee
Registration: N11047
C/n / msn: 211031
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:San Antonio, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:San Antonio, TX (SSF)
Destination airport:San Antonio, TX (SSF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The helicopter pilot reported that he allowed his non-rated passenger to “try his hovering skills” at 3 ft above ground level. The pilot told the passenger, “you have the aircraft,” and the pilot removed his hands from the flight controls. The passenger pushed the cyclic to its forward limit, and the helicopter impacted the ground.
The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor and tail rotor drive systems, and the fuselage.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.



Probable Cause: The pilot’s decision to relinquish the helicopter flight controls to a non-rated passenger during a 3 ft hover.


Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20180319X42625&key=1

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

15 Mar 2018 N11047 Private 0 Stinson Municipal Airport (KSSF), San Antonio, TX sub


Revision history:

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