1997-07-03: C-GQCH AS32
was conducting ILS approach to runway 29 at St. John's and as the helicopter was about to touch down, the crew realized that they were lower than normal and went into the hover. However, as collective pitch was applied to start the hover the nose of the helicopter dropped resulting in the Comm antenna and the FM antenna striking the surface. Once the hover was established the landing gear was lowered and the helicopter landed without further incident. The damage was confined to the Comm and FM antenna and FM supporting structure on the fuselage. The helicopter was equipped with a horn to warn the crew that the gear was not down. However, for the horn to activate the helicopter has to be below 200 feet radar altimeter altitude and the airspeed has to be below 60 MPH. In this occurrence the autopilot was engaged and the airspeed remained above 60 MPH. At the time of the occurrence there was a 100 foot overcast ceiling. The company aviation safety officer will be conducting an investigation to determine why the check list was not followed and will also be looking at the ILS Approach Procedures.