NTSB Identification: CEN14CA108
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, January 09, 2014 in Beaumont, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/13/2014
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 BETA, registration: N994HV
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.

For about 30 minutes, the flight instructor and his student pilot were practicing hovering and landings on a level concrete area. During the accident touchdown, a wind gust or wind shift occurred and the helicopter shifted sideways. The pilots felt the skids "catch" and the left side of the helicopter began to lift. The flight instructor called for and took control of the helicopter. The student pilot had not released his controls. The helicopter then rolled onto its right side. The helicopter sustained substantial tailboom damage. The pilot's accident report indicated that there were no helicopter mechanical malfunctions.

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

The student pilot not controlling the helicopter following a wind gust and the flight instructor's inadequate remedial action resulting in the helicopter rolling over on its side during a landing.

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