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Loose items
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Issued: 14 November 2018

Loose items can be fatal

Analysis of helicopter occurrence data has identified a number of accidents and incidents where loose items in the cabin have exited the helicopter and contacted the tail rotor. In some cases this has resulted in a complete loss of control of the helicopter.

Pilots and crews must ensure that all items in the cabin are securely stowed before take-off, even if operating with all doors fitted.

Passengers must be briefed on the dangers of loose items in and around the vicinity of helicopters.

Robinson Helicopter Company recently released a safety video concerning the dangers of loose items in and around helicopters. Watch RHC Safety Notice SN-30 Loose Objects Can Be Fatal.

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Jim Burtenshaw
Manager Safety Investigation