AS355F1 Ecureuil II, G-BPRI
After confirming that the surrounding area was clear, the pilot started the helicopter’s engines. Shortly after starting the second engine, he noticed a golf cart on his right side that was “travelling at some speed, clearly out of control”. The cart passed behind the helicopter, sustaining damage to its roof when it passed through the tail rotor disc, and continued for approximately 40 m before stopping. The pilot was told that a young child had climbed into the cart with an adult and had inadvertently stepped on the accelerator pedal. The pilot estimated that the cart had travelled 80 m before hitting the tail rotor. The occupants of the cart were unhurt.
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