Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson Helicopter Co R22 ALPHA, VH-JWG

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau did not conduct an on scene investigation of this occurrence. The information presented below was obtained from information supplied to the Bureau.

The pilot of the Robinson Helicopter Co R22 Alpha reported that on 23 May 2004 while operating at Scott Creek Station, he hot re-fuelled the helicopter from a bulk fuel tank installation in preparation for mustering. During the into-wind transition from the hover to forward flight, the helicopter rolled rapidly to the right and impacted the ground. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was destroyed. He reported that the fuel hose had disconnected from the bulk fuel outlet. It was likely that the helicopter had become entangled with the re-fuelling hose and pump during the departure.

General details
Date: 23 May 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1330 hours CST    
Location   (show map): Scott Creek Station    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 30 June 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-JWG  
Serial number 0414  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Scott Creek Station, NT  
Departure time 1330 hours CST  
Destination Unknown  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 971.6 972
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Minor: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 13 May 2014