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The ATSB is investigating a forced landing involving a Robinson Helicopter R44, registered VH-MQE, 27 km N Silver Plains (ALA), Queensland, on 6 April 2017.

During the cruise, at about 500 ft, there was a loss of performance and the pilot conducted a forced landing onto a beach following an autorotation. During the run on landing, the helicopter rolled over.

The pilot and passengers were not injured and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information as required.

A report will be released in several months.

General details
Date: 06 April 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 16:00 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):27 km N Silver Plains (ALA) Occurrence type:Forced/precautionary landing 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: August 2017  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R44 II 
Aircraft registration: VH-MQE 
Serial number: 13338 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Silver Plains Station, Qld
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Last update 01 August 2017