Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22 BETA helicopter, VH-HHD, 56 km NNW Charters Towers, (ALA), QLD, 3 May 2004

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 31 March 2004, at 0600 Eastern Standard Time, the Robinson R22 helicopter with one pilot on board departed on a ferry flight to commence mustering operation from a property approximately 15 minutes flying time to the north-north-east. The pilot reported that he landed at the property and picked up a passenger who was going to show him the paddocks, fences and laneways.

At about 1000, after mustering cattle into a small paddock, the pilot made an approach to land beside a fence. The pilot indicated that the weather was fine with good visibility. The wind was from an easterly direction at 5 kts and the temperature was 25 degrees C. He reported that he saw a powerline and aimed to land adjacent to a point where the powerline changed direction. However, he did not see a third wire, which the helicopter struck at a height of about 30 ft. The helicopter spun into the ground and landed on a barbed wire fence. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom, lower vertical fin and tail rotor blades. The two occupants escaped with minor injuries.

General details
Date: 31 March 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1000 hours EST    
Location   (show map): 56 km NNW Charters Towers, (ALA)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 03 May 2004   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-HHD  
Serial number 3022  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Haven Glen, QLD  
Departure time 0600 hours EST  
Destination Eumara Springs Station, QLD  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 532
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Minor: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
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