Eurocopter SA342J Gazelle, F-GJSL
After making an approach to hover at a private landing site, the pilot initiated a spot turn to the left. After turning through 90? the rate of yaw increased and the pilot, believing he had lost control of the helicopter due to a strong gust of wind, increased collective pitch. The pilot then became disorientated and reduced collective pitch. The helicopter hit the roof of an adjacent building, the tail boom detached and the main body of the helicopter fell to the ground. Both occupants were seriously injured.
Eurocopter SA342J Gazelle, F-GJSL 08-06.pdf (472.04 kb)
Date of occurrence: 8 May 2005