NTSB Identification: NYC00RA104
Accident occurred Monday, February 21, 2000 in PRINCE GEORGE, Canada
Aircraft: Schweizer 269C, registration:
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On February 21, 2000, about 1400 Eastern Standard Time, a Schweizer 269C, a helicopter, Canadian registration C-GFJO, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees about 20 miles south of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and another pilot were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the instructional flight.

According to the initial notification, the CFI was providing flight instruction to the owner of the helicopter. The owner of the helicopter performed a practice autorotation to a logging cut-block. Engine power was then reapplied and the helicopter climbed at 50 knots, to about 300 feet above ground level. The CFI reported, that the helicopter then yawed to the left, began to shudder and shake, and experienced a loss of engine power. The CFI took control of the helicopter, and performed an autorotation into trees. During the flare, as the main rotor blades began to strike the trees, the helicopter yawed again, and engine power returned. The helicopter was then flown to a near-by clearing and landed without further damage. The helicopter's engine, including the fuel servo was retained for further examination.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada #4-3071 Number Five Road Richmond, British Columbia V6X2T4

This report is for information purposes only, and contains only information released by the Government of Canada.

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