FTW95LA198
FTW95LA198

On May 13, 1995, at 1130 central daylight time, a Robinson R-22B, N8067M, sustained substantial damage following a loss of control during landing near Mount Pleasant, Texas. The commercial pilot was not injured during this personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed flight and no flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR Part 91 flight.

The pilot reported to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that during landing he experienced "loss of tail rotor effectiveness." The pilot further reported in his Pilot/Operator Report, NTSB Form 6120.1/2, that during his landing his left skid contacted the ground and the helicopter experienced "dynamic rollover." An examination of the helicopter by the FAA inspector revealed that both main rotor blades "bent" and one tail rotor blade separated from the tail rotor.

A review of the weather and direction of landing revealed that the pilot attempted to land to the south. Winds were from 220 degrees with a velocity of 17 knots, gusting to 22 knots.

An examination of the helicopter by an FAA airworthiness inspector revealed no anomalies in the aircraft systems that could have resulted in a loss of control.

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