Following a fatal accident near Thargomindah, Queensland, and a series of other serious gyrocopter accidents and incidents involving the cracking or failure of the rotor hub-bar component, a review of the available information and understanding of the failure mechanism was undertaken on behalf of the Charleville, Qld coroner, to assist in his preparation for an inquest into the Thargomindah accident.
The review examined the mechanism of hub-bar failure and the influence of flight loads, maintenance activities and design. Historical, current and possible future safety action was outlined, as were avenues for future investigation of the relevant safety issues.
|Date:||13 October 2004||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Release date:||29 June 2006|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Technical|
|Highest injury level:||Fatal|