27-Mar-21 MM81970 Leonardo AW169 Bolzano, Italy

Substantially damaged in ground running incident prior to take-off (see video below).  The explanation is approximately as follows:-  Nose wheel is locked (should have unlocked in pre-taxi check list).  Pilot then tries to taxi and turn left but the aircraft doesn’t respond as expected.  After a pause, the nose wheel is unlocked, but without first re-centering the pedals. As soon as the nose wheel unlocks, the aircraft turns violently as commanded by the pedal position – the trim motors hold the pedal input at the last set position.  2 POB, not seriously injured

Date:
27 March, 2021
Reg:
MM81970
Make:
Leonardo
Model:
AW169
MSN:
69109
Location:
Bolzano Airport
Country:
Italy
Civil / Military:
Military
Operator:
Italian-Finance-Guard-(Guardia-di-Finanza)
Link:
https://www.altoadige.it/cronaca/bolzano-elicottero-della-guardia-di-finanza-si-rovescia-in-fase-di-decollo-1.2874154
Link:
https://www.lavocedibolzano.it/aeroporto-di-bolzano-elicottero-della-gdf-si-rovescia-in-fase-di-decollo/
Link:
http://www.lavocedelnordest.eu/bolzano-nuovo-elicottero-della-guardia-di-finanza-si-capovolge-in-decollo-nessun-ferito-danni-ingenti/

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