Schweizer 269C-1, G-CCJE
Following an uneventful flight, the commander was demonstrating an autorotation to a student PPL who had recently purchased a similar type of helicopter. He entered the flare with a relatively high rate of descent, which he was unable to arrest by raising the collective lever. As the helicopter landed, the skids dug in to the relatively soft ground, causing it to roll on to its right side. Examination of the helicopter, its engine in particular, failed to find any pre-accident defects. The helicopter had been flying close to its maximum permitted weight and, after leaving the helicopter, the commander noted from the wind sock that the approach had been made with a tailwind component.
Published 10 December 2014