Aviation safety investigations & reports

Aerospatiale AS350-B Squirrel, VH-HRD, Archerfield QLD, 3 February 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot under training had recently completed a Private Pilot Licence course on Robinson R22 helicopters. This was the first flight of his conversion to the AS350-B type. After about ten minutes hovering practice the pilot carried out a successful landing. He was instructed to come to the hover again and perform another landing. The instructor stated that on touchdown the pilot made a sudden movement of the cyclic control, causing the tail rotor to strike the ground and breaking both blades. The helicopter swung to the left through 180 degrees and one landing skid was broken. The helicopter type has light and sensitive controls. The pilot had probably applied excessive cyclic inputs as the helicopter touched down. The instructor was unable to take control in time to prevent the tail rotor strike.

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General details
Date: 03 February 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 815    
Location: Archerfield    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 26 February 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Aerospatiale Industries  
Aircraft model AS350  
Aircraft registration VH-HRD  
Serial number 1813  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Archerfield QLD  
Departure time 0800  
Destination Archerfield QLD  
Last update 16 November 2015