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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  
Location   (show map):95 km SW of Springsure ALA Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
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-HRY 
Serial number: 868 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure time:305
Destination:Beauchamp Station, Qld
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Last update 18 April 2018