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Wire Strike Robinson Helicopter R22 Beta aircraft, VH-HPY, Mataranka, Northern Territory, 23 August 2008

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 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 details

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
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Private 107 107
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Serious: 0 1 0 1
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 03 April 2020