Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22-HP, VH-KHI, Caloundra QLD, 20 June 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Weather conditions were fine with a strong South-Easterly wind blowing, greater than 20 knots. The latter portion of the instructional flight consisted of practice auto rotational approaches and landings. The entry height for the manouevre was progressively reduced each time until the final entry at 100 feet above ground level and 60 knots indicated airspeed. The low rotor RPM warning horn sounded after entry into the descent. At about 30 feet altitude, both pilots became aware of a very high rate of descent. The instructor took control to ensure a level attitude at touchdown but he was unable to avoid a heavy landing. The main rotor severed the tail boom and the helicopter rolled over onto its right side. Both pilots climbed out of the left doorway.

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General details
Date: 20 June 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1535    
Location: Caloundra    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 31 July 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-KHI  
Serial number 167  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Caloundra QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Caloundra QLD