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Collision with terrain - Robinson R22, VH-RPN, 257 km ENE of Derby, WA, 13 June 2010

Investigation number:
AO-2010-042
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 13 June 2010, a Robinson Helicopter Co. R22 Beta, registered VH-RPN, was engaged in aerial cattle mustering operations on a station property about 257 km east-north-east of Derby, Western Australia. During those operations, the helicopter collided with the ground and caught fire. The pilot, the sole occupant of the helicopter, sustained fatal injuries.

The investigation found that the helicopter had a high descent rate and some forward speed at impact but, due to the lack of evidence as a function of the type and location of the operation, was unable to positively establish any further contributing factors.

The investigation did not identify any organisational or systemic issues that might adversely affect the future safety of aviation operations. However, the accident provides a reminder of the hazards involved in aerial mustering operations that result in, or add to a number of low‑level risks that require close management. Any pilot distraction, aircraft or systems failure, adverse weather or aircraft performance, or handling inattention can reduce the margins for continued safe flight.

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Preliminary

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Preliminary Report Released 6 August 2010

On 13 June 2010, a Robinson Helicopter Co R22 Beta, registered VH-RPN, was engaged in cattle mustering operations on a station property about 257 km east-north-east of Derby, Western Australia. During those operations the helicopter collided with the ground and caught fire. The pilot, the sole occupant of the helicopter sustained fatal injuries.

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General details
Date: 13 June 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300 WST    
Location   (show map): 257 km ENE of Derby   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 08 June 2011   Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Accident  
  Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-RPN  
Serial number 2241  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Last update 14 November 2018