Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2004 Issue

March 17, Ocala, Fla. / Robinson R44

Shortly after midnight, a Robinson R44 rolled over while descending following liftoff from a dolly at the Ocala International-Jim Taylor Airport. The helicopter was substantially damaged but there were no injuries. The pilot stated that after lifting off to a 3-5 foot hover with all engine indications in the green and the governor on, the engine sputtered or popped. The helicopter had drifted off the dolly and started descending. One of the skids contacted the dolly and the helicopter rolled onto its left side but came to rest on its right side....

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