Robinson R22 Beta, G-INKY
The helicopter was being operated from a private site in a rural location. The reported surface wind at Edinburgh Airport, 10 nm to the south, was from 220° at 16 kt. The pilot stated that the surface wind at the site was similar to that at Edinburgh and that the wind direction during start up was from 90° to the right of the helicopter nose. As the helicopter lifted to the hover, the pilot reported that a gust of wind caught him by surprise and, while correcting for this, the right skid and main rotor struck the ground. The helicopter then settled back onto both skids and remained upright, having turned 90° to the left. The pilot reported that the main and tail rotors and right side of the fuselage were damaged. He was uninjured.
Published 10 December 2014