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N2032S accident description

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Crash location 44.827500°N, 93.458611°W
Nearest city Eden Prairie, MN
44.854686°N, 93.470786°W
2.0 miles away
Tail number N2032S
Accident date 22 May 2017
Aircraft type Schweizer 269C
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The flight instructor in the helicopter reported that the student pilot was practicing auto-rotations from a hover, while pointing the helicopter into the wind over tall grass, from about 1 foot above ground. He added that the student, "rolled off the throttle, the helicopter descended to the ground, appeared to bounce, moved slightly to the right and began a quick roll to the right." Subsequently, the helicopter pivoted on it's right skid, the main rotor impacted terrain, and the helicopter rolled over to the right.

The main rotor and windscreen sustained substantial damage.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot's loss of lateral control while practicing autorotations from a hover and the flight instructor's delayed remedial action, which resulted in a bounced landing and dynamic roll-over.

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