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On 2 April 2009, a flight instructor and student pilot in a Robinson Helicopter Company R22, registered VH-YDA, were conducting normal circuit and autorotation training at Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport, Qld. At 1400 Eastern Standard Time, the helicopter collided with terrain on the grass at the side of the departure end of runway 11. The helicopter was seriously damaged and the instructor was seriously injured.

After the accident, neither pilot could recall any of the flight sequence immediately before the impact. There were no witnesses to the accident and no relevant recorded data. An examination of the helicopter wreckage indicated that there were no pre-impact defects. Due to a lack of information, the investigation was unable to determine why the helicopter collided with terrain.

The investigation found that the use of safety helmets would reduce the risk of pilot injury during door(s)-off operations.

The investigation also found that the helicopter was about 11 kg overweight on takeoff for the flight.

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General details
Date: 02 April 2009 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1415 EST  
Location   (show map):Proserpine  Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 11 December 2009 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-YDA 
Serial number: 4346 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Shute Harnour, Qld
Destination:Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport
Minor: 1001
Serious: 1001
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