Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22-Beta, VH-LBX, Cattle Camp Stn (40km NE of Dysart) QLD, 30 August 1990

Investigation number:
199003096
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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The helicopter was to be used to move cattle from one paddock to another on the property. Staff expected that the aircraft would return to the refuelling point around 1100 hours local time. A search was commenced at about this time. The wreckage was located in the mustering paddock at about 1230 hours. Examination of the wreckage indicated that the tail boom had been moved in an anti-clockwise direction into the top of an 11 metre high gum tree. The tail rotor blades struck the tree trunk, which was 25 millimetres in diameter, and part of one blade broke off. Out-of-balance and still rotating the entire tail rotor and stabilizing fins separated from the tail boom. The main body of the helicopter then struck the ground at a very high rate of descent. There was no horizontal speed, yawing or bank at the time of impact. The pilot was unable to remember the accident circumstances and there were no other witnesses.

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General details
Date: 30 August 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 918    
Location: Cattle Camp Stn (40km NE of Dysart)    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 11 June 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-LBX  
Serial number 1299  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Cattle Camp Stn QLD  
Departure time 0830  
Destination Cattle Camp Stn QLD