Schweizer 269C Schweizer 300, G-WARK
Following an uneventful flight from Bagby, the pilot landed the helicopter on the landing site at his house near Selby. He was reducing the engine speed prior to shutting down, when an empty cement bag blew up into the main rotor. The bag was of the woven fabric variety, capable of holding approximately one cubic metre, or one tonne of material, and thus represented a substantial object in terms of bulk. Damage was sustained by a rotor blade, causing it to fly out of track, and the associated imbalance resulted in extensive damage to the airframe, including the cabin and tail boom. Building work was being conducted at his premises and he considered that the bag was associated with this work.
Published 10 December 2014