Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-HHQ, near Kutchera Station, Queensland on 22 June 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

General details
Date: 22 June 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 9:00 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Abingdon Downs (ALA), (Kutchera Station)   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22 BETA  
Aircraft registration VH-HHQ  
Serial number 4071  
Operator Sunrise Helicopters  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kutchera Station, Qld  
Destination Kutchera Station, Qld  
Last update 02 December 2019