NTSB Identification: ERA14LA101
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Titusville, FL
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 269C 1, registration: N2110J
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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On January 21, 2014, about 1645 eastern standard time, a Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (formerly Schweizer Aircraft Corporation) 269C-1, N2110J, rolled over during a running landing on an open field approximately 6 nautical miles west-northwest of Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX), Titusville, Florida. The flight instructor and student were not injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Bristow Academy, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time which operated on a company visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from TIX about 1545, and was a local flight.
The operator reported that after departure from TIX the flight proceeded to "Training Area Alpha" where basic maneuvers were performed before commencing the introduction to a running landing. The flight instructor (CFI) who had performed the same maneuver earlier that day with another student knew the ground was suitable. The CFI performed a running landing then departed to execute another. During the second running landing being demonstrated by the CFI, a few seconds after ground contact the weight of the helicopter began to shift forward (typical), so the CFI raised collective slightly. With the weight of the aircraft forward and about ½ of the forward speed dissipated, the helicopter suddenly pitched down causing a rolling moment. The CFI increased collective slightly more in an attempt to reduce friction and it felt for a brief moment as if the skid tubes had released from ground contact; however, the helicopter continued a left roll and the main rotor contacted the ground.
The student stated that a running landing with 20 inches manifold pressure was performed and the landing was smooth. The slide was a bit faster than the previous landing. Suddenly while sliding, the helicopter pitched down and to the left. The CFI tried to lift off but could not. The main rotor blades hit the ground and we rolled over.
The helicopter came to rest on its left side.
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