Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain - Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-CME, 93km north of Julia Creek, Qld, 7 November 2011

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Status: Completed
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On 7 November 2011, the pilot of a Robinson Helicopter R22 Beta, registered VH-CME, was conducting cattle mustering operations on a station property about 93km north of Julia Creek, Queensland. The pilot was the sole occupant of the helicopter.

The pilot's task was to locate and muster cattle through a gate into the adjacent paddock.  Whilst manoeuvring the helicopter to land at about 5 ft above ground level, the helicopter's main rotor blade struck the ground. The pilot was not injured, however the helicopter was seriously damaged.

Mustering at low level has an inherent risk profile that requires a high level of awareness by the pilot. Mustering without any assistance from ground personnel, increases that level of risk.

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General details
Date: 07 November 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0630 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 93km north of Julia Creek    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 14 March 2012   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-CME  
Serial number 1865  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Millungera Station, Qld  
Destination Millungera Station, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018