Schweizer 269C, G-OGOB, 4 September 2005

Schweizer 269C, G-OGOB


The pilot and a passenger were returning to Dunkeswell after a short pleasure flight when, at approximately six nautical miles from the airfield and at a height of 650 ft, the pilot became aware that the helicopter would not climb in response to collective inputs. After clearing an approaching ridge line the pilot elected to carry out a precautionary landing in a large field ahead, with the intention of investigating the problem on the ground. During the deceleration and descent into the field, the rate of descent increased rapidly, causing the helicopter to land heavily and roll over. The passenger sustained injuries in the roll-over and was assisted from the wreckage by the pilot. One safety recommendation has been made as a result of this investigation.

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