Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain - Robinson R22, VH-LNC, Caloundra Airport, Queensland, 22 December 2011

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Status: Completed
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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 level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Caloundra Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 24 May 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-LNC  
Serial number 4483  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Caloundra, Qld  
Destination Caloundra, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018