Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson Helicopter Co R22 BETA, VH-HXU

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 13 April 2005 at approximately 1130 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot of a Robinson Helicopter Company model R22 Beta, registered VH-HXU, was conducting cattle mustering operations near Mareeba, Qld, when he felt a significant airframe vibration and elected to conduct an immediate precautionary landing. Upon inspection with the engine still running, the pilot reported observing the clutch assembly shaking excessively, followed by the sudden fracture of the clutch shaft at the connection to the main rotor gearbox. The pilot was the only occupant of the helicopter and was not injured. There was no other damage to the helicopter.

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General details
Date: 13 April 2005   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0930 hours EST    
Location   (show map): Mareeba    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 19 January 2006   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-HXU  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Mareeba, QLD  
Destination Mareeba, QLD  
Last update 16 February 2016