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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  
Location   (show map):Caloundra Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 24 May 2012 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 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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Last update 18 April 2018