Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22-Beta, VH-IOT, Charters Towers QLD, 5 July 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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When nearing its destination after a flight of about three hours, the helicopter struck a set of power lines, eight metres above ground level, spanning a ridge line. Witnesses described flight path as "quite low and fast" compared to other helicopters they had observed approaching the Airport. Examination of the wreckage revealed wire strike damage to the upper surface of one blade, suggesting that the helicopter was in powered forward flight when it contacted the wires. A test run of the engine found it to be capable of normal operation.

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General details
Date: 05 July 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1733    
Location   (show map): Charters Towers    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 10 September 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-IOT  
Serial number 740  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Strathpark (120 km N Richmond) QLD  
Departure time 1430 Approx.  
Destination Charters Towers QLD