Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22-B, VH-HZA, Rocklands Station (167 km NW Mt Isa) QLD, 14 April 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During mustering operations, the helicopter was landed near a fence which had to be opened to allow cattle through. The stockman who was to open the fence required a pair of pliers from the helicopter. As the pilot threw the pliers, one handle caught in his coat sleeve, deflecting them upwards towards the main rotor. Despite the application of left cyclic control, the pilot was unable to prevent the pliers being struck by, and causing substantial damage to, both main rotor blades. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation. The relevant information was provided by the pilot of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 14 April 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1000    
Location: Rocklands Station (167 km NW Mt Isa)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 26 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-HZA  
Serial number 879  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Rocklands Station QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Rocklands Station QLD