During reconnaissance to land on a golf course, the helicopter suddenly rotates left on its yaw axis, falls from a height of 5 to 10 m by making several turns on itself, and collides with the ground on one of the courses of the golf course. Two POB, one reported seriously injured, the other lightly injured
The helicopter hit a pole and crashed at 4.30am whilst engaged in frost control operations due to the pilot being unable to see due to the canopy fogging up. The pilot was injured.
Pilot made an emergency landing in a paddock for unknown reason. Inspection cover in firewall had not been closed during pre-flight checks and helicopter was consumed by fire. Sole occupant pilot got out OK without injury
Pilot had completed a 360° turn to the right and was commencing with the same exercise to the left, approximately 90° through the turn the skid gear impacted with the ground, the helicopter continue to rotate to the left and tail rotor stinger and lower fenestron fin assembly impacted with the ground, which had caused the entire fenestron assembly to break off and helicopter impacted with the ground after several rotations in the air, 53 m further on. The wind at the time was from the southeast at between 10 to 15 knots, with clear sky conditions prevailing.
Landing accident and helicopter ended up on its side. Note that from the two links provided, the TVNZ link shows the helicopter at the accident location and The Press link shows it after being removed from there to a grassy area for recovery away from the site
Practising autorotation when it hit the ground tail first at very low rotor RPM and one blade struck the tail boom. The helicopter came to rest on its skids and there were no injuries to the instructor or student. BEA data refers to ” A broken cam of the throttle was found.” That report also states helicopter destroyed, but our enquiries with Helicoptères Guimbal in France tell us it is definitely repairable
The instructor explained that during a go-around after practice approach altitude on a field, the helicopter suddenly made several turns to the left around the yaw axis. He managed to land in a snowy field at about 5400 ft.
Main transmission belt came loose, causing engine to lose power. Emergency landing completed successfully but uneven ground caused temporary instability which led to one main blade contacting and cutting tail boom.
While practicing pedal jams, during third exercise, nose yawed past centre and then got away from the student in control. The helicopter yawed left and rotated two times during which the engine went silent. Instructor took control and settled the helicopter in a hard landing from approximately 8ft. The helicopter’s tail struck ground and then hit heavily on skid deforming it, Helicopter rolled onto its left side coming to rest at a 45 degree angle. Location is well-known approved low-flying area.
HeliHub.com have been given the following statement on 10 July by the manufacturer:-
“We at Helicopteres Guimbal are of course much worried that a recent accident involved a Cabri. We are even more frustrated to learn the distorted reports that appeared in the press. The following is what we know from our point and from the pilot and owner who called us immediately after the accident :
The owner, a 66 year private pilot was on a pleasure flight with a friend, a fixed-wing private pilot. The helicopter had been inspected and fitted with the newly developed Vibration Attenuation Pendulums the week before at the factory and was reported “incredibly smooth” by the owner calling us just before the accident. It was in an absolutely perfect condition.
In cruise flight, they heard some noise that they found was caused by the baggage door, left open, flapping in the airstream. The pilot decided to land immediately in a field in front of him. In short finals with no anticipation, he was disoriented by the bright sunlight and an obstacle, and made a very hard landing with no yawing motion and moderate forward speed. The helicopter bounced significantly and hit the ground again on the left side. The two occupants got out with minor injury and are back home after examination.
The helicopter sustained significant damage, although early examination suggests it will be repaired for a fraction of its original cost. The occupant called to thank us because the cabin and seats offered an excellent protection, and with a full load of fuel, there was absolutely no spillage. The pilot, who owned different helicopters in the last 20 years, reported that he still considers the Cabri the easiest and safest helicopter to fly.
The Cabri G2 is the only light helicopter in the world, certified according to the highest requirements in crash protection, passengers and fuel circuit. The cabin and seats are tested to a 2000 ft/min vertical velocity, oblique crash, while the fuel tank, circuit and environment are tested to a 50 ft free fall with a full load.”
The French register gives the owner as Alain Lafon