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.
Watch RHC Safety Notice SN-30 Loose Objects Can Be Fatal.