Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain - Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-HRY, 95 km SW of Springsure ALA, Queensland, 21 February 2012

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Status: Completed
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On 21 February 2012, a Robinson Helicopter Company R22 Beta helicopter, registered VH-HRY, collided with terrain 95 km south-west of Springsure aircraft landing area (ALA), Queensland. The pilot was the only person on board and was not injured. The helicopter was seriously damaged

While en route from a private helicopter landing site near Springsure to Beauchamp Station, the pilot decided to land to close a gate and identified a suitable landing area located nearby. On approach to the landing area, the helicopter made an uncommanded turn to the right; the pilot immediately applied left pedal and forward cyclic to arrest the rotation. The rotation slowed with the helicopter facing downwind. The helicopter contacted the ground and rolled over.

This accident highlights the dramatic and rapid effect that a loss of 'yaw axis' directional control resulting from loss of tail rotor authority (LTA) or loss of tail rotor effectiveness (LTE) can have on helicopters.

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General details
Date: 21 February 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0900 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 95 km SW of Springsure ALA    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
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-HRY  
Serial number 868  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure time 305  
Destination Beauchamp Station, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018