Robinson R44 Raven II, G-LAVH
The pilot had been carrying out solo hovering exercises in a newly acquired helicopter. After landing to change the frequency on the helicopter’s radio, he lifted the helicopter back into the hover but realised that the cyclic control was now ‘very heavy’. The helicopter began to oscillate from left to right so he descended back onto the ground from a height of 6 to 8 ft, possibly touching down on the front of its skids in a nose down attitude. During this manoeuvre it is possible that the rotors made contact with the ground and the resultant vibration caused the windscreen to detach. The helicopter was subsequently destroyed by fire but the pilot escaped with minor bruising.
Published 10 December 2014