LAX96LA217
LAX96LA217

On June 1, 1996, at 0948 hours Pacific daylight time, the pilot of a Hughes 269B, N9332F, initiated a practice autorotation from 1,000 feet above ground level (agl) while in the traffic pattern at the Georgetown Airport, Georgetown, California. At the time, the certified flight instructor (CFI) was providing dual instruction to his student. The aircraft was substantially damaged and there were no injuries. The flight originated at 0920 from private property in Foresthill, California.

The CFI reported that as the helicopter descended through 800 feet agl, all engine power was suddenly lost and the practice maneuver turned into a forced landing. Just prior to experiencing the engine power loss, all instruments had been "in the green." The CFI further stated that the helicopter touched down softly at the approach end of the runway with a forward speed between 2 and 3 miles per hour. Thereafter, the helicopter tipped forward, shook violently, and the main rotor blade contacted the airframe which resulted in substantial damage.

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