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Collision with terrain - Robinson helicopter R22 Beta II, VH-TCG, 44 km WSW Rolleston Qld, 9 November 2010

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Status: Completed
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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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General details
Date: 09 November 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1330 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 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 details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-TCG  
Serial number 3271  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 03 April 2020