Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R-22, VH-ECP, Van Lee Station (30 km NNE Georgetown) QLD, 3 July 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that the helicopter was being hovered above trees when he felt a kick accompanied by a loss of power. He began to manoeuvre towards a clear area but had to pull up to avoid tree tops. The engine surged again and the rotor RPM began to decay. By the time the helicopter was over the clearing the "ROTOR LOW RPM" warning horn was sounding. Shortly afterwards, the helicopter struck the ground heavily in a level attitude. No fault was found with the helicopter which might have explained the reported power loss. However, the aircraft had been transported a considerable distance over rough terrain before it was examined. This could have allowed possible causal evidence to be disturbed.

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General details
Date: 03 July 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 945    
Location: Van Lee Station (30 km NNE Georgetown)    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 05 April 1989   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-ECP  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Van Lee Station QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Van Lee Station QLD