NTSB Identification: MIA02LA070.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 24, 2002 in Bessemer, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/28/2002
Aircraft: Hughes 269C, registration: N7490F
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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At the successful completion of one practice straight-in autorotation to the grass area between the runway and taxiway, terminating with a power-on three foot hover, the CFI asked the student to repeat the same maneuver. On the second attempt, the student over controlled aft cyclic and caused a tail rotor strike before the CFI could recognize and counter the student's abrupt control input. The rotorcraft entered an uncontrolled right yaw until the landing skid caught the terrain, and rolled over on its right side. The student and CFI evacuated the rotorcraft out the left door, unhurt.

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

The failure of the flight instructor to adequately monitor the student's rotorcraft control, resulting in an abrupt cyclic input causing a tail rotor strike of the terrain while entering a hover, and the resulting rollover during an uncontrolled descent.

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