NTSB Identification: ERA11LA481
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 03, 2011 in St. Petersburg, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/05/2013
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 BETA, registration: N7197W
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the commercial pilot, he was receiving a checkride to become a flight instructor. During a full stop autorotation practice, as the pilot began a slow flare to slow the helicopter, the helicopter ballooned, he lost control of the helicopter, and it pitched up to the left. During an attempt to regain control of the helicopter, the tailboom struck the ground, and the helicopter rolled over. According to the designated pilot examiner giving the checkride, it was the commercial pilot's third checkride attempt. The pilot's previous checkrides resulted in an unsatisfactory performance and termination of the evaluation due to the pilot’s slow reaction times.

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

The commercial pilot's improper recovery from a practice autorotation, resulting in a tailboom strike and subsequent rollover.

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