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Loss of control involving a Robinson R22, VH-HVW, 70 km SW of Lake Nash Station, NT on 1 September 2013

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Status: Completed
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On 1 September 2013, a Robinson R22 helicopter, registered VH-HVW, departed a stock camp located about 40 NM (70 km) south-west of Lake Nash Station, Northern Territory. Shortly after take-off, the helicopter was observed commencing a steep climbing left turn to depart overhead the camp. As the helicopter turned into a downwind position, the wind appeared to affect the controllability of the aircraft. It appeared that the pilot attempted to respond to the situation, however, there was insufficient altitude to recover. The helicopter contacted the ground and flipped over a number of times before coming to rest. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the helicopter was destroyed.

Wind direction and velocity are important considerations for helicopter pilots. It is crucial that pilots maintain an awareness of the wind and be aware of the consequential effects on helicopter performance. This will assist pilots with responding promptly and appropriately to a situation and preventing a loss of control.


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General details
Date: 01 September 2013   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 70 km SW of Lake Nash Station    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 08 April 2014   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-HVW  
Serial number 3135  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Last update 14 November 2018