Accident to the Robinson - R22 - BETA II registered F-HVRA on 04/06/2019 at Caupennes-d'Armagnac (Gers)

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Cat. 2 investigation report: simplified-format report, adapted to the circumstances of the occurrence and the investigation stakes.

At the end of the PPL training, the student-pilot took off alone for an unsupervised practice session.

After 20 minutes of flight, he decided to carry out an approach exercise over an unlisted field. After remaining stationary in hover flight, he made a U-turn and with a tailwind, flew forward to create a greater distance to perform his take-off opposite the edge of the forest. The student-pilot then lost control of the helicopter, which collided with the ground.

The student-pilot probably encountered difficulties controlling the helicopter that was flying at low speed, with a tailwind and when he was no longer in ground effect.