Lost control in the hover
Heavy landing on final approach, causing skids to flatten and some rotor blade damage. Minor injury to pilot, passenger refused medical help. Aircraft was returning to base after transmission line survey for American Electric Power.
In a run-on landing , the helicopter veered after landing and the tail rotor struck the ground.
Three injured – pilot reported entered autorotation after engine failure. Pilot named as Ken Heidorn and passengers were Suzanne Tanner and her 15-year-old son
Pilot was flying alone from South Florida to Nassau, Bahamas – the shortest distance for that route being 50 miles. Some 20 miles out over the sea, the aircraft experienced engine problems and put down safely in the water. The Enstrom was fitted with fixed floats
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