Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hiller UH-12E, VH-FBQ, "Bamboo" Outstation, Aurukun QLD, 14 June 1984

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Status: Completed
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Cattle were being mustered from open country with the helicopter operating at 15 to 20 feet agl in wind gusting to 25 kt. At the completion of one downwind run the trainee flared instead of turning into wind. The main rotor blades overpitched and the helicopter struck the ground heavily, tail down, before the instructor could recover control of the situation.

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General details
Date: 14 June 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/K    
Location: "Bamboo" Outstation, Aurukun    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 06 March 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hiller Aviation  
Aircraft model UH-12  
Aircraft registration VH-FBQ  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point "Bamboo" Outstation QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination "Bamboo" Outstation QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014