Westland Bell 47G-3B-1, G-BFYI
The helicopter was lifted into the hover in a strong and gusting tailwind. It yawed rapidly to the right and, before a stable hover could be re-established, the tail rotor struck the ground. Due to significant vibration through the tail rotor control pedals, the pilot carried out a running landing on to a grass area and shut down the helicopter.
Westland Bell 47G-3B-1, G-BFYI 03-10.pdf (322.77 kb)
Date of occurrence: 4 August 2009