The pilot, accompanied by 3 passengers departed from the Base4 helipad at Cape Town International
Aerodrome for a local pleasure flight of the Cape Peninsula.
After being airborne for approximately 40 minutes they returned for a full stop landing. An aviation enthusiast that was standing nearby filmed the approach and intended landing.
The video footage was made available to the investigating team and revealed that the aircraft was established in hover flight approximately 6 feet above the ground overhead
The pilot descended gradually with the right skid touching first. As the skid touched the
aircraft was observed to pitch/tilt forward suddenly with the lower nose fuselage making contact with the ground.
The pilot reacted almost immediately by applying backpressure on the cyclic stick, which caused
the aircraft to fall back onto its skids, with the tail rotor gu
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