On 23 August 2008, at about 1200 Central Standard Time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R22 Beta, registered VH-HPY, with a pilot and passenger on board, departed the sports ground at Mataranka, NT.
Witnesses reported that the helicopter was flying at about tree-top height when it struck powerlines before impacting the ground.
Bystanders were able to remove the seriously-injured passenger from the wreckage; however, the pilot received fatal injuries. The helicopter was seriously damaged.
Examination of the wreckage did not identify any mechanical defects that would have affected the safe operation of the helicopter.
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|Date:||23 August 2008||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1200 CST||Investigation level:||Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Mataranka Township Aerodrome|
|State:||Northern Territory||Occurrence type:||Wirestrike|
|Release date:||12 February 2009||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Robinson Helicopter Co|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|
|Departure point||Mataranka, NT|
|Destination||Private property, 40 km NW of Mataranka|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|