Mosquito - unregistered - hard landing - Florida - Nov 2019

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NTSB have posted the Preliminary - hard landing and bounce



On November 2, 2019, about 1300 eastern standard time, an unregistered experimental, amateur-built Mosquito XE285 helicopter, sustained substantial damage while landing at a private residence in Seffner, Florida. The private pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter was owned by the pilot and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that departed the residence about 1255.

In a statement to law enforcement, the pilot stated that he was trying to land and came down too fast and the main rotor blade flexed and struck the tail.

The pilot's neighbor stated that the pilot purchased the helicopter about 6 months before the accident, and he would practice taking off on her property located behind his house. She said that she watched him "land hard and began bouncing around." The helicopter continued to bounce, before it flipped over and crashed.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third class medical certificate was issued on January 15, 2015. At that time, he reported a total of 200 flight hours.

At 1335, weather at Tampa Executive Airport (VDF), located about 15 miles northwest of the accident site, was reported as calm wind, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 3,500 ft, broken clouds at 4,500 ft, overcast clouds at 6,000 ft, temperature 27°C, dew point 22° C, and a barometric pressure setting of 30.01 inches of mercury.
 
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