NTSB Identification: NYC02LA086.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 20, 2002 in Islip, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/2002
Aircraft: Robinson R-22, registration: N8414H
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Uninjured.
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While hovering into the wind at 5 to 10 feet agl, the instructor felt a gust of wind push the helicopter to the left and down. The helicopter impacted the ground, rolled onto its left side, and slid several feet before coming to a stop. The instructor was in the left seat and making approximately 70 percent of the control inputs at the time of the accident. The instructor reported he experience no preimpact failures or malfunctions with the helicopter. Examination of the helicopter also revealed no preimpact failures or malfunctions. A weather observation taken at the airport about 12 minutes after the accident recorded the weather as wind 280 degrees at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, light rain, and thunderstorms in the vicinity of the airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The flight instructors failure to maintain aircraft control during a wind gust. A factor in the accident was a sudden gust of wind. Full narrative available
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