NTSB Identification: IAD97LA037.
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Accident occurred Sunday, December 22, 1996 in ISLIP, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1998
Aircraft: Robinson R22 HP, registration: N8414H
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The flight instructor stated that the student, who had 13 hours of total flight time, completed the runup and the pre-takeoff check, and lifted the helicopter into a hover. As they started to hover-taxi forward, the student suddenly applied left cyclic, and the left skid struck the ground. Before the instructor could overpower the student, the helicopter went into a dynamic rollover, and came to rest on its left side.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The students pilot's failure to maintain control of the helicopter and the instructor's inadequate supervision of the flight.

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