Accident Hughes OH-6A N46TP,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 297692
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Date:Friday 4 January 2002
Time:15:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hughes OH-6A
Owner/operator:Tampa City Police
Registration: N46TP
MSN: 891268
Year of manufacture:1969
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Tampa, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA/KTPA)
Destination airport:Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA/KTPA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The commercial pilot, under the supervision of the flight instructor, initiated a full-touchdown autorotation in an unmowed, grassy practice area. After touchdown, the helicopter began a slow ground run for three to five feet with no abnormalities. The flight instructor and commercial pilot then reported a very hard hop, and the helicopter collided with the ground and began gyrating violently. Both pilots shut it down. Examination of the helicopter revealed the main rotor severed the tail boom, separating it from the airframe. The pilots reported no mechanical failures.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper flare during practice autorotation.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

15-Oct-2022 07:20 ASN Update Bot Added
31-May-2023 05:20 Ron Averes Updated

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