NTSB Identification: ATL06LA085.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 26, 2006 in Concord, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2007
Aircraft: Hughes 269A, registration: N269RS
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The student pilot stated that he was practicing for his private pilot helicopter check ride with his certificated flight instructor (CFI), and was preparing for a simulated engine failure. He stated that he had the flight controls, and counted down "3, 2, 1, and cracked the throttle from 2900 rpm to 2400 rpm." However, the engine "died" and the CFI took over the controls. The CFI entered an autorotation, and maneuvered the helicopter into an uneven field. The student pilot stated that the "CFI flared the helicopter, and when the helicopter hit it flipped onto the right side." The CFI stated that he was conducting a training flight with a student pilot. They found an open field to practice settling with power maneuvers, and simulated engine failures. During the simulated engine failure the student pilot decreased the engine rpm, and it went to "0 rpm". The CFI stated that he took over the flight controls, and entered an autorotation into the open field. Upon touch down the helicopter rolled over onto its right side. The CFI did not report any flight control anomalies prior to the accident, and a postaccident inspection of the helicopter disclosed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical problems.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons while maneuvering, resulting in a forced landing to uneven terrain and a roll over.
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