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The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving Robinson R44, VH-HBV, at Julatten, Queensland, on 15 August 2017.

While landing, the tail rotor struck the ground. The helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, was uninjured.

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

A report will be released within several months.

A final safety report will be released following the conclusion of the ATSB’s investigation. Should a safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 15 August 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 15:05 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Brooklyn (ALA), E 22 km (Mossman- Mount Molloy Road, Julatten) Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: February 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R44 
Aircraft registration: VH-HBV 
Serial number: 0052 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cooktown, Qld
Destination:Julatten, Qld
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Last update 22 December 2017