Skip to Main Content


This chapter discusses the investigation of a helicopter tail rotor blade that fractured during a test flight. It includes images of the damaged blade along with close-ups of both sides of the blade tip showing that the tip tore off at the rivets. Based on their observations, investigators concluded that the rotor blade encountered a foreign object in flight causing the tip to shear off.

You do not currently have access to this chapter.
Don't already have an account? Register

Failure of a Tail Rotor Blade in a Helicopter, Failure Analysis of Engineering Structures: Methodology and Case Histories, By V. Ramachandran, A.C. Raghuram, R.V. Krishnan, S.K. Bhaumik, ASM International, 2005, p 82–83,

Download citation file:

Close Modal

or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal