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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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General details
Date: 23 August 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1200 CST  
Location   (show map):Mataranka Township Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 12 February 2009 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-HPY 
Serial number: 3047 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mataranka, NT
Destination:Private property, 40 km NW of Mataranka
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
Serious: 0101
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Last update 14 November 2018