NTSB Identification: CEN13LA025
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 22, 2012 in Houma, LA
Aircraft: AGUSTA SPA AW139, registration: N385RH
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On October 22, 2012, at 0100 central daylight time, an Agusta SPA AW139 helicopter, N385RH, collided with the terrain following a loss of control while the helicopter was being repositioned on the Houma-Terrebonne Airport (KHUM), Houma, Louisiana. Neither of the two airline transport rated pilots on board were injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to and operated by ERA Helicopters LLC and was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 at the time of the accident. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

The helicopter was being relocated from one landing pad to another, about 20 feet away, when the accident occurred. When the wheels touched the ground during the landing, a vertical vibration was noted. The pilot increased the collective in an attempt to load the main rotor system; however, the vibration worsened and the helicopter began to shake violently. The pilot was able to move the helicopter away from the pad, as there was another helicopter being fueled next to it. The pilot then made a left pedal turn and was able to set the helicopter down on the grass. He stated that the helicopter impacted the ground very hard while moving laterally to the left.

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