Robinson R44 Raven II, G-ODHB
The student pilot reported that whilst hover taxiing, the right hand forward entry door opened. He instinctively looked towards the door and tried to grab it by momentarily removing his hand from the cyclic control. By the time he had replaced his hand on the controls and looked forward again, the helicopter was in an unusual attitude and he was unable to prevent it from contacting the ground heavily. The helicopter operator later inspected the door latch mechanism and was unable to fault its operation.
Robinson R44 Raven II, G-ODHB 04-11.pdf (218.29 kb)
Date of occurrence: 5 December 2010