Engine Lost Partial Power And Was Experiencing “Severe Backfiring”

Location: Titusville, FL Accident Number: ERA23LA073
Date & Time: November 27, 2022, 11:30 Local Registration: N8006A
Aircraft: Childs Michael A Rotorway Exec 162-F Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Instructional

On November 27, 2022, about 1130 eastern standard time, an experimental Rotorway Exec 162-F helicopter, N8006A, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near the Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX), Titusville, Florida. The flight instructor and the pilot trainee were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The instructor stated shortly after takeoff at about 150 ft above ground level the engine lost partial power and was experiencing “severe backfiring.” The instructor declared an emergency and took the control of the helicopter. He turned back to the airport and landed on the grass just south of the runway. The ground speed at touchdown was between 5-10mph. The helicopter’s front left skid dug deeply into the grass and the helicopter rolled over on to its left side.

The helicopter was retained for further examination.

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