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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59961
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EXEC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RotorWay Exec 162F
Registration: N602DB
MSN: 6299
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Brookeland, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Brookeland, TX
Destination airport:Brookeland, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot reported that while hovering prior to takeoff from his private property, a gust of wind blew the experimental helicopter sideways. The right skid caught the ground and the pilot then pulled on the collective, "a little too hard." The helicopter tail rotor then hit a tractor and the left skid hit the ground. The helicopter rolled coming to rest on its left side. The pilot was not injured. The winds at a local airport 15 miles to the north were reported to be from 170 degrees at 12 knots gusting to 17 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot failed to maintain control while hovering in gusty conditions.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

12-May-2009 06:45 slowkid Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 14:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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