Robinson R22 Beta, G-CCHZ
The student pilot made a normal approach to the grass area to the west of Runway 22 and came to the hover beyond Runway 16. The pilot did a spot turn to the right and commenced a hover taxi to his parking area on the west side of the airfield. With the wind from the left he needed to move the cyclic control to the left and at some point the control handle caught under his kneeboard and its attachment strap. The helicopter began to drift to the right which the pilot was unable to correct due to the limited, left, cyclic-control travel. In order to try and free the control, the pilot lifted his left foot off the left tail rotor control pedal. The helicopter yawed to the right, the rate of yaw increasing rapidly. The right landing gear skid contacted the ground and the helicopter rolled to the right causing the main rotor blades to contact the ground, stopping the engine. The helicopter came to rest on its right side and the pilot closed the fuel shut-off valve and isolated the electrical systems.
G-CCHZ 1-06.pdf (164.59 kb)
Date of occurrence: 16 August 2005