Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22, VH-HEU, Wave Hill Station NT, 16 June 1990

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been hired to ferry the aircraft to the operator in Western Australia and had landed to refuel at Elliot. While on the ground, he agreed to deliver a box to the Wave Hill police station and stowed it, unrestrained, on top of a jerry can in the unoccupied seat. The aircraft was reportedly fitted with permanently installed dual controls. On approach to land at Wave Hill Station, the box shifted, fell onto a swag on the floor and restricted the movement of the cyclic control. The pilot was thus unable to manoeuvre to avoid a cattle crate stand and the tail rotor struck one of the rails. The helicopter then landed heavily on its skids.

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General details
Date: 16 June 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/K    
Location: Wave Hill Station    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 03 August 1990   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 Elliot NT  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Wave Hill Station NT