Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Dillant-Hopkins Airport

Keene, New Hampshire 03431
Monday, March 27, 2000 14:00 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The CFI was providing flight instruction to the commercial pilot, who was training for a CFI rating. While practicing an auto-rotation, the commercial pilot landed hard. The helicopter's main rotor severed the tail boom, and the helicopter rolled onto its left side. The CFI stated he failed to react soon enough to prevent the accident. The CFI reported 1,180 hours of total flight experience, of which 497 hours were in rotorcraft, with 279 hours in the make and model of the accident helicopter. Additionally, the CFI reported 40 hours of flight time as a flight instructor.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The CFI's failure to perform remedial action in a timely manner which resulted in a hard landing during the practice autorotation. A factor in this accident was the CFI's lack of total experience as a flight instructor.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date3/27/2000 
Event Day of the WeekMonday 
Time of Event1400 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CityKEENE  
Event StateNEW HAMPSHIRE 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site03431  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportDILLANT-HOPKINS AIRPORT  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDEEN  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation488 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1355 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDEEN  
Elevation of weather observation facility488 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height4700 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)14 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-4 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)180 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)10 
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Gust (knots) 19 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)88 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateMar 28 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time830 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 12 2000 1:30PM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN2260W 
NTSB NumberNYC00LA105  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameRobinson  
Aircraft ModelR-22B  
Aircraft Series IdentifierR-22B  
Aircraft Serial Number0501  
Certified Max Gross Weight1370 
Aircraft CategoryHelicopter 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection100 Hour 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledNo 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameGREEN RIVER AVIATION  
Aircraft Owner Street AddressAVIATION WAY  
Aircraft Owner CityKEENE  
Aircraft Owner StateNH 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode03431  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Instructional 
Second Pilot on BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeEEN  
Departure City  
Departure State  
Departure Country  
Departure Time1330 
Departure Time ZoneEST 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:30AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location20  
Runway Length6201 
Runway Width100 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--