NTSB Identification: ERA14CA102
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, January 23, 2014 in West Palm Beach, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/2014
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 BETA, registration: N72AP
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 certificated flight instructor (CFI) stated that during a local training flight he was demonstrating how to perform a run-on landing to the student pilot. During the landing, the helicopter began to travel toward the right edge of the paved surface. The CFI stated he countered the right slide with left cyclic input. As the helicopter approached the paved surface edge, the CFI raised collective in order to attempt put the helicopter into a hover but the helicopter left the paved surface. The helicopter subsequently rolled over on to the right side, which resulted in substantial damage to the tail boom, main rotor blades, and fuselage. According to a written report, there were no mechanical malfunctions with the helicopter prior to the accident.

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

The certificated flight instructor's failure to maintain helicopter control during a run-on landing, resulting in a rollover and ground collision.

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