The pilot was undertaking a local flight in his helicopter when witnesses heard an unusual noise and saw the helicopter descend. It crashed in a field, fatally injuring the pilot. Evidence suggests that the pilot may have been attempting a precautionary landing and that the tail of the helicopter contacted the ground, leading to a loss of control. Corrosion was found in the left magneto, which could have caused an increase in engine vibration and noise, and possibly led the pilot to attempt a precautionary landing.
Robinson R22 Beta, G-RIDL 12-10.pdf (673.43 kb)