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On 23 December 2011, a Robinson Helicopter Company R22 Beta, registered VH-LNC departed Caloundra aerodrome on a Trial Instructional Flight (TIF).  On board the helicopter were an instructor and student. 

Whilst attempting to hover the helicopter the student made a significant and unexpected control input.  Before the instructor could take control the left skid contacted the ground and the helicopter rolled over and sustained serious damage.  The instructor and student were uninjured.

Robinson Helicopter Company has identified inexperienced individuals manipulating the controls and dynamic rollover as a significant factor in helicopter accidents.  In response to this accident the helicopter operator has introduced a new policy in regard to TIFs and students manipulating the flight controls below 500 ft above ground level.

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General details
Date: 22 December 2011 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1250 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Caloundra Airport Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 24 May 2012 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-LNC 
Serial number: 4483 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:Caloundra, Qld
Destination:Caloundra, Qld
 
 
 
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