05/31/2010. Produced in 1969, this helicopter was involved in two mishaps. On March 25, 1978, during initial climb for a scenic flight from Torrance to nearby San Pedro, California, the young pilot failed to remain adequate rotor speed and impacted the ground, causing substantial damage to the helicopter.
The second mishap came five years later, December 21, 1983, during an instructional flight at El Cajon, California. Demonstrating an autorotation from only 2 ft (0.61 m) the instructor inadvertently applied forward cyclic after reducing power. The front tip of the skids and rotor blades struck ground, where after the helicopter bounced back and the rear tip of the skids struck ground and the rotor blades sliced through the tail boom.
In both mishaps the occupants remained unharmed. The aircraft is still registered as of this day.