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Loss of control - Robinson helicopter R44 Clipper II, VH-ZVF, Jandakot Aerodrome WA, 30 August 2010

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Status: Completed
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On 30 August 2010, the pilot of a Robinson Helicopter Company R44 Clipper II, registered VH-ZVF, was intending to operate a private flight from Jandakot aerodrome to Hillside station Western Australia (WA).

Shortly after lift-off, control was lost and the main rotor blades struck the concrete apron adjacent to the departure helipad. The helicopter rolled and came to rest on its right side. The helicopter sustained serious damage and fragments of main rotor blade entered the hangar. Other fragments of main rotor blade were scattered over a large area of the aerodrome. The pilot sustained minor injuries while the passenger was uninjured.

Subsequently, the pilot reported he might have failed to turn the hydraulics on prior to lift- off. This may have been due to distraction created by a problem with a communications system and the unfamiliar departure sequence. The following ATSB publication provides some useful information on distraction:

  • Dangerous Distraction: Aviation Research Investigation Report B2004/0324

For a full copy of that report, please visit the ATSB's website at www.atsb.gov.au

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General details
Date: 30 August 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0714 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Jandakot Aerodrome    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 28 January 2011   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R44  
Aircraft registration VH-ZVF  
Serial number 12307  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Last update 14 November 2018