Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22, VH-UXL, Castle Hill NSW, 12 August 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At the conclusion of the student's first training exercise the instructor positioned the helicopter in a hover at about 3 feet agl and allowed the student to use the controls. The aircraft was headed into the 25 knot gusty wind when sudden sink was experienced. The student instinctively applied full aft cyclic control and the heel of the right skid dug into the ground as the helicopter moved backwards. The aircraft rolled onto its right side, destroying the main rotor blades and distorting the cabin area. The instructor had allowed the student to attempt an operation beyond the level of his current ability and had been unable to recover control when the sink was experienced.

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General details
Date: 12 August 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: About 1500    
Location: Castle Hill    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 26 March 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-UXL  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Castle Hill NSW  
Departure time About 1500  
Destination Castle Hill NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014