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NTSB Final Report: Kershaw, SC

 

Location:

Kershaw, SC

Accident Number:

GAA19CA567

Date & Time:

09/23/2019, 1100 EDT

Registration:

N849GF

Aircraft:

GEORGE W. FELIX MOSQUITO

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

Loss of control in flight

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The student pilot reported that, shortly after takeoff from his private cement pad and about 2 ft above ground level, the helicopter "darted forward and left." He attempted to correct the drift, but the helicopter began "swinging back and forth," the left skid impacted the ground, and the helicopter then dynamically rolled over. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades and tailboom. The student reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation. The student added that the he "did not have the cyclic in a neutral position when he lifted off" and that the accident flight was his first flight in the helicopter.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper cyclic input during takeoff, which resulted in a loss of helicopter control, the skid impacting the ground, and a subsequent dynamic rollover.


Findings

Aircraft

Performance/control parameters - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues

Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Use of equip/system - Pilot (Cause)

Total experience w/ equipment - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff

Loss of control in flight (Defining event)

Maneuvering-hover

Dynamic rollover

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

 

 

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Student

Age:

70, Male

Airplane Rating(s):

None

Seat Occupied:

Single

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 3 With Waivers/Limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam:

04/30/2019

Occupational Pilot:

No

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

 

Flight Time:

(Estimated) 46 hours (Total, all aircraft), 0 hours (Total, this make and model), 40 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

 

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

GEORGE W. FELIX

Registration:

N849GF

Model/Series:

MOSQUITO XE

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Year of Manufacture:

2018

Amateur Built:

Yes

Airworthiness Certificate:

Experimental

Serial Number:

MXE1339J18B

Landing Gear Type:

Skid

Seats:

1

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

 Condition

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

610 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

 

Engines:

1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time:

0.8 Hours at time of accident

Engine Manufacturer:

Zanzottera

ELT:

Not installed

Engine Model/Series:

MZ202

Registered Owner:

On file

Rated Power:

60 hp

Operator:

On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KCDN, 302 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site:

13 Nautical Miles

Observation Time:

1055 EDT

Direction from Accident Site:

188°

Lowest Cloud Condition:

 

Visibility

 

Lowest Ceiling:

 

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

Calm /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

None / None

Wind Direction:

 

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting:

 

Temperature/Dew Point:

 

Precipitation and Obscuration:

 

Departure Point:

Kershaw, SC

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

Kershaw, SC

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

1100 EDT

Type of Airspace:

Class G

 

 

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:

34.496111, -80.531944 (est)

 


 


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Eleazar Nepomuceno

Report Date:

03/17/2020

Additional Participating Persons:

Todd Clamp; FAA; West Columbia, SC

Publish Date:

03/17/2020

Note:

This accident report documents the factual circumstances of this accident as described to the NTSB.

Investigation Docket:

http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/dockList.cfm?mKey=100329





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