Aviation safety investigations & reports

Main rotor blade crack involving Robinson R22, VH-HPH, at Labelle Downs, NT on 16 December 2016

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating a main rotor blade crack involving Robinson R22, VH-HPH, on 16 December 2016.

During aerial mustering, the pilot detected vibrations through the helicopter and conducted a precautionary landing. The post-flight inspection revealed a significant split on the rotor blade.

The investigation is continuing.

General details
Date: 16 December 2016   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 09:30 CST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Labelle Downs (ALA)   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Propeller/rotor malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-HPH  
Serial number 3988  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Labelle Downs (ALA)  
Last update 04 July 2019