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N220PE accident description

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Crash location 19.738889°N, 156.045555°W
Nearest city Kona, HI
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Tail number N220PE
Accident date 25 May 2010
Aircraft type Robinson Helicopter R22 Beta
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The accident occurred during the student pilot’s second solo flight when he attempted to take off. Both the student pilot and his flight instructor, who witnessed the accident, reported that the student pilot applied too much left anti-torque pedal as the collective was raised for the takeoff. The helicopter slid to the left off of the landing pad and then spun to the left. The witness reported that the helicopter spun to the left with its skids on the ground three times, then lifted about two feet into the air and spun left three more times. The student pilot said that he attempted to reduce collective, but the right skid contacted the ground and the helicopter rolled over onto its right side. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the cabin and tail. The student pilot said there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot's improper use of the anti-torque controls and failure to maintain directional control during takeoff.

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