Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22-A, VH-HEU, 60 km S Tieyon Station SA, 21 September 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was operating on a Search and Rescue watch manned from the homestead. When the aircraft did not arrive by the appointed hour, the owner of the station conducted an aerial search and found the pilot by the disabled aircraft. The pilot reported that he was attempting to land beside the portable cattle yards when he backed off to avoid the dust clouds thrown up by the main rotor. In doing so, the tail rotor struck a tree obscured by the dust. An immediate landing was initiated but a heavy touchdown resulted. The tail rotor blades separated from the aircraft before the engine was stopped and the tailboom and skids were twisted from the impact with the ground.

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General details
Date: 21 September 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 830    
Location: 60 km S Tieyon Station    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 20 December 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-HEU  
Serial number 187  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tieyon Station SA  
Departure time 0730  
Destination Tieyon Station SA