On 9 November 2010, the student pilot of a Robinson Helicopter Company R22 Beta II, registered VH-TCG, was engaged in a helicopter aerial stock mustering operation on a private station near Rolleston, Queensland. During the muster, after losing communication with the helicopter, one of the mustering party found the wreckage of the helicopter. The student pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured and the helicopter seriously damaged as a result of the collision with terrain.
The investigation found that the pilot had not met the competency standards to operate a helicopter solo, and had not received any training towards low flying or aerial stock mustering.
The investigation did not identify any organisational or systemic issues that might adversely affect the future safety of aviation operations. However, the accident does provide a timely reminder of the importance of ensuring that flight crews have the appropriate competencies and currency before engaging in highly-skilled tasks.
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|Date:||09 November 2010||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1330 EST||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||44 km WSW Rolleston|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Release date:||13 May 2011||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Robinson Helicopter Co|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|