Schweizer 269C-1, G-LINX
The helicopter, which was on a training flight, suffered an in-flight emergency and subsequently crashed, fatally injuring both occupants. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the main rotor was turning at low speed on impact, but the reason for this could not be established. The investigation concluded that the most likely cause of the accident was a loss of control during an attempted forced landing downwind. The helicopter was being flown at 400 ft immediately prior to the emergency, which would have reduced the probability of a successful outcome. One Safety Recommendation is made as a result of this investigation.
Schweizer 269C-1, G-LINX 12-10.pdf (1,289.00 kb)
A correction was published concerning this report in the March 2011 issue of the Bulletin
An addendum was published concerning tihs report in the April 2011 Bulletin
Date of occurrence: 22 September 2009