AAIB investigation to Robinson R44 II, G-SAIG and Spitfire IXT, G-CCCA

Contact between aircraft on the active runway, Lashenden (Headcorn) Aerodrome, Kent, 15 June 2016.

Summary:

The Robinson R44 helicopter hover taxied across Runway 28 as the Spitfire was completing its landing roll. The propeller of the Spitfire contacted the empennage of the helicopter but neither pilot was aware there had been contact, although a bump was felt in the R44. The helicopter returned to the apron for an inspection, where damage to its empennage and tail rotor guard was discovered.

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Robinson R44 II, G-SAIG Spitfire IXT, G-CCCA 01-17

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