Robinson R22 Beta, G-CBPT
Whilst flying north of Cowes on a private sightseeing flight, the pilot heard a loud bang and found that the helicopter was no longer flying normally. He immediately entered an autorotation and was able to make a controlled touchdown beside the Price Consort buoy, at the entrance to Cowes harbour. He and his passenger were rescued almost immediately. The helicopter sank quickly and was not recovered. The symptoms reported by the pilot were consistent with the failure of one of the two drive belts transmitting power from the engine to the main transmission. One safety recommendation has been made regarding advice to pilots in the event of ditching.
Robinson R22 Beta, G-CBPT 04-06.pdf (224.07 kb)
Date of occurrence: 26 August 2005