ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134778
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Narrative:The student pilot finished building the helicopter and this was its first flight. He had received 11 hours of flight instruction and was endorsed for hover only solo. The pilot reported that he was 1-2 feet in the air and as he began backing the helicopter the tail rotor guard struck the ground, the main rotor struck the tail boom, and the left skid struck the ground. The skid collapsed and the helicopter rolled over. After exiting, the pilot attempted to right the helicopter, but fuel leaking from the fuel cap ignited when it contacted the exhaust. The helicopter was destroyed in the subsequent fire.
|Date:||Monday 1 January 2001|
RotorWay Exec 152
|Total airframe hrs:||1 hours|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Placerville, CA -
United States of America
|Departure airport:||Placerville, CA (61Q)|
|Destination airport:||Placerville, CA|
|Investigating agency: ||NTSB|
|Confidence Rating:|| Accident investigation report completed and information captured|
Probable Cause: The failure of the student pilot to maintain adequate ground clearance while hovering.
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