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NTSB Report Released: Beach City, OH

On June 25, 2018, about 0830 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Sibila MH1 helicopter, N32KS, impacted terrain during a forced landing near Beach City, Ohio. The pilot received serious injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was owned and operated by an individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The helicopter departed about 0825 from Beach City Airport (2D7), Beach City, Ohio, on a local flight.

The pilot reported that he departed on a maintenance flight and was flying east about 100 feet above ground level in the airport traffic pattern. He reported that he was transitioning to land when the engine stopped producing power. He entered an autorotation but the helicopter sustained substantial damage when it impacted the terrain

At 0751, the surface weather observation at Akron Canton Airport (CAK), Canton, Ohia, located about 17 miles north of 2D7 was wind 040° at 7 kts; 8 miles visibility; broken clouds at 1,300 ft; temperature 18° C; dew point 15° C; altimeter 30.16 inches of mercury.

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