Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson Helicopter Co., R22 Beta; VH-AHT; 5km ESE Helenslee, Qld

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Status: Completed
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Wreckage evidence indicates that helicopter's main rotor struck a tree at about 25 feet above the ground. About 4 feet of a rotor blade separated followed immediately by a severe mast bump which broke the mast. The main rotor assembly departed the helicopter. The helicopter then crashed into a tree before impacting the ground.
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General details
Date: 24 January 1993   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 650 EST    
Location   (show map): 5km ESE Helenslee    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 21 July 1993   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-AHT  
Serial number 1965  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Helenslee, Qld.  
Departure time 0630 EST  
Destination Helenslee, Qld.  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 1034.0 1119
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Minor: 0 1 0 1
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 13 May 2014