Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22, VH-ONE, 16 km NNE Beswick NT, 14 August 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was mustering over sandstone which was laced with shallow gorges and gullies. After sensing a shudder and engine miss, the pilot elected to carry out an immediate precautionary landing and landed on an outcrop of rock. While still at high RPM, the pilot moved the pedals and cyclic control to ensure that the skids were on a firm footing and tightened the collective friction. However, shortly after he exited the aircraft to inspect the idling engine, the helicopter pitched rearwards and slid off the rock into the gorge.

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General details
Date: 14 August 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 945    
Location: 16 km NNE Beswick    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 26 October 1988   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-ONE  
Serial number 628  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 16 km N Beswick NT  
Departure time 0745  
Destination 16 km N Beswick NT