Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22, VH-HQX, Caloundra QLD, 8 March 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had previously undertaken a dual instructional flight during which he received instruction in, and practised, approaches simulating a jammed tail rotor pedal control. The pilot was then authorised for a solo flight which was to include practice of "jammed pedal" approaches. During one such approach, the skids contacted the ground while the helicopter was not in straight, balanced flight. The helicopter rolled onto its side in an uncontrolled dynamic rollover. Following the accident, the flying school amended its operations manual to preclude solo students practising "jammed pedal" approaches and landings.

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General details
Date: 08 March 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600    
Location: Caloundra    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 10 May 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-HQX  
Serial number 8  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point N/A  
Departure time N/A  
Destination N/A