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Collision with terrain - Schweizer 269C-1 helicopter, VH-LTO, Redcliffe Aerodrome, Qld, 18 June12

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Status: Completed
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On 18 June 2012, an instructor and student were conducting practice autorotation training to the threshold of runway 25 at Redcliffe aerodrome.  The student initiated a practice autorotation at about 250 ft above ground level and 55 kts.  During the flare, the tail rotor of the helicopter struck the ground and control was lost.  The helicopter impacted terrain and sustained serious damage.  Both the instructor and student reported some minor injuries. 

As a result of this occurrence, the operator has advised that they are investigating a change to the company operations manual, to requiring at least 10 kts of wind in the runway direction for the performance of low-level practice autorotations.

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin - Issue 12

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General details
Date: 18 June 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1120 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Redcliffe Aerodrome    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Ground strike  
Release date: 29 October 2012   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Schweizer Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-LTO  
Serial number 193  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Redcliffe, Qld  
Destination Redcliffe, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018