Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R-22 Beta, VH-HAP, Vanrook Station (135 km NE Normanton), QLD, 10 November 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The helicopter was being operated from a clearing in flat, tree covered terrain. It was heading into wind and had reached a height of about one metre after lift-off when it suddenly swung to the right and moved backwards. The tail skid and rotor struck the ground and the helicopter swung further right. The main rotor blades then contacted the ground and the helicopter rolled on to its side. The pilot reported that a local whirlwind had caught the helicopter just after lift-off. Overnight rain had prevented the tell-tale dust plume from developing. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 10 November 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1230    
Location: Vanrook Station (135 km NE Normanton)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 06 February 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-HAP  
Serial number R-22-600  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Vanrook Station  
Departure time 1230  
Destination Vanrook Station