Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22 Alpha, VH-UXT, Camden NSW, 4 March 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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As the final sequence of a licence test flight the examiner requested the pilot to carry out a normal autorotative landing from circuit height. The aircraft was flared slightly high, recovered but subsequently contacted the ground in a tail low attitude. It then bounced forward and the tail boom was severed by the main rotor. The aircraft flight manual specifies that touchdown following an autorotative descent must be made with the landing skids level. On this occasion touchdown was made on the heels of the skids, and the resulting oscillations of the aircraft allowed the main rotor blades to sail and strike the tail boom.

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General details
Date: 04 March 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1151    
Location: Camden    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 07 August 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-UXT  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Camden NSW  
Departure time 1151  
Destination Camden NSW