Robinson R22 Beta, G-BXUC
After landing the pilot hover taxied the helicopter to the apron close to the helicopter operator’s facilities. He then attempted to throttle back but inadvertently increased the engine power this, combined with a left yaw pedal input which had been applied during the landing, caused the helicopter to rotate rapidly to the left. It completed approximately six horizontal rotations before the pilot was able to regain control. The helicopter came to rest upright with the rear of the landing skids embedded in grass at the side of the apron. The skin of the helicopter’s tailboom had buckled and its supporting structure had become distorted. The pilot was uninjured.
Published 10 December 2014