NTSB Identification: ERA12CA095
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 01, 2011 in Wingate, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/27/2012
Aircraft: BELL 206L-3, registration: N216TV
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The certified flight instructor (CFI) was demonstrating a touchdown autorotation from an altitude of 1,500 feet above ground level to a turf runway. He stated that, during the maneuver, the helicopter's sink rate seemed high, so he continued to pull pitch to arrest the descent rate. The helicopter touched down with a slight forward speed on a downhill slope, and the rear portion of the skids became momentarily stuck in the soft turf. The helicopter pitched forward after breaking loose from the turf, and the main rotor blade contacted the vertical stabilizers and tail rotor drive shaft cover, resulting in substantial damage. The CFI stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the helicopter.

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

The certified flight instructor did not select an adequate landing site for the practice autorotation.

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