Bell 206B Jet Ranger III, G-CODE
The pilot reported that, while carrying out a spot turn to the right prior to taking off, the wind gusted and he experienced a sudden loss of tail rotor effectiveness. The helicopter struck the ground and came to rest on to its right side. It was severely damaged but there was no fire. The pilot and his passenger, who sustained minor injuries, exited the helicopter through the left windscreen. The wind speed at the time of the accident was probably in excess of the demonstrated maximum sideways and rearwards airspeeds to which the helicopter had been cleared.
Bell 206B Jet Ranger III, G-CODE 07-07.pdf (244.41 kb)