NTSB Identification: FTW02LA201.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 07, 2002 in Waco, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2003
Aircraft: Schweizer 269C-1, registration: N61439
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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During initial climb, while climbing through an estimated altitude of approximately 200 feet above the ground, the engine "sputtered" a few times, and then cleared itself. After the engine "sputtered" a second time, the pilot initiated an autorotation with a 180-degree turn. The pilot added that during the turn, the airspeed decreased and he lowered the nose of the helicopter to attempt to regain the airspeed. The helicopter landed hard in a slight nose low attitude and slid for about 50 feet. The toes of the landing gear skids dug into the soft ground and the helicopter nosed over, coming to rest on its right side. No anomalies were found with the engine that could have prevented normal operation.


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

The partial loss of engine power due to undetermined reasons. A contributing factor was the pilot's inadequate landing flare which resulted in a hard landing.

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