Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 269-C Helicopter, VH-MZR, Lyndhurst Station QLD, 13 July 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The helicopter was being used to drive cattle across a creek, when one beast broke out of the herd. During an attempt to drive it back, the pilot misjudged the clearance between the main rotor disc and the foliage of a large tree. After the tree strike, the machine was still controllable to the extent that it was landed without any further damage. Post-flight inspection revealed that all three main rotor blades were damaged.

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General details
Date: 13 July 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130    
Location: Lyndhurst Station    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 15 September 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-MZR  
Serial number 1100995  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lyndhurst Station QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Lyndhurst Station QLD