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NTSB Identification: WPR10TA016

14 CFR Public Use

Accident occurred Monday, October 12, 2009 in San Diego, CA

Aircraft: MD HELICOPTER 600, registration: N613BP

Injuries: 2 Uninjured.


This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.


On October 12, 2009, at 1100 hours Pacific daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas Helicopter 600N, N613BP, landed hard following a practice 180-degree autorotation at Gillespie Field Airport (SEE), San Diego, California. The Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operated the helicopter under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a public-use training flight. The McDonnell Douglas factory pilot and the CBP standardization pilot were not injured. The helicopter sustained structural damage during the hard landing as the skids spread and the aft portion of the skids penetrated the fuselage. The flight had departed Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM), San Diego, California, at an undetermined time, and no flight plan had been filed.

Index for Oct2009


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Learn from others...in the real world that would have = ENDO! Big Time. But happy they came out OK! I honestly can't remember the last time I did a power-recovery, but this is a serious wake-up call to those who think they know what they are doing...runway or not! It's never "just recurrent"!

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