NTSB Identification: BFO88FID02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35372.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 29, 1988 in RIDGEWAY, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1989
Aircraft: ROTORWAY RW-145, registration: N107LH
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE STUDENT PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND FROM A 2 FOOT HOVER WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. HE REPORTED THAT HE OVERCONTROLLED THE HELICOPTER AND A DYNAMIC ROLLOVER RESULTED. A WITNESS REPORTED THE HELICOPTER WAS TRAVELING DOWNWIND WHEN IT BEGAN TO TURN TO THE RIGHT. HE REPORTED THAT THE HELICOPTER TOUCHED DOWN ON BOTH SKIDS, BOUNCED SIDEWAYS AND ROLLED OVER. THE PILOT REPORTED GUSTING WIND BUT DID NOT ESTIMATE THE VELOCITY OF THE GUSTS.

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

ROTORCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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