Update: 23 June 2020
The investigation into the collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-HHQ, near Kutchera Station, Queensland, on 22 June 2019 is continuing.
The investigation report is currently in the ‘Final report: Internal review’ phase. Final ATSB investigation reports undergo a rigorous internal review process to ensure the report adequately and accurately reflects the evidence collected, analysis, and agreed findings of the Safety Factor Review. Final investigation reports also undergo other technical and administrative reviews to ensure the reports meet national and international standards for transport safety investigations.
If a review identifies any issues with a report, such as information that needs to be expanded or findings that need to be modified, investigators will look to collect new evidence or conduct additional examination and analysis of existing evidence.
ATSB investigators have so far gathered and analysed information from multiple sources, including:
- the fractured tail rotor pedal
- maintenance records
- interviews with directly involved parties.
Refer to the General details table below for the anticipated completion date.
The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-HHQ, near Kutchera Station, Queensland, on 22 June 2019.
During aerial mustering operations, it was reported that the right anti-torque pedal fractured, leading to a loss of control and subsequent collision with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot was uninjured.
As part of the investigation the ATSB will interview involved parties and witnesses, examine the fractured pedal, and gather additional information.
A final report will be released at the end of the investigation. Should a critical 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.
|Date:||22 June 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||9:00 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Abingdon Downs (ALA), (Kutchera Station)||Investigation phase:||Final report: Internal review|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Robinson Helicopter Co|
|Aircraft model||R22 BETA|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|
|Departure point||Kutchera Station, Qld|
|Destination||Kutchera Station, Qld|