Investigation number
199600124
Occurrence date
State
Western Australia
Report release date
Report status
Final
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation status
Completed
Aviation occurrence type
Ground strike
Occurrence category
Accident

The pilot was transporting the passengers to a waterhole to carry out a ground inspection. Although there was a large clear landing area only 100 m from the waterhole the pilot attempted a landing in a more confined area next to the waterhole. As the helicopter came to the hover the pilot recognised the area was unsuitable for a landing and he commenced a go-around. During the go-around the main rotor blades made contact with a rock wall. The pilot completed a precautionary landing and the subsequent inspection indicated that the blades were substantially damaged.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Turkey Creek WA
Destination
19 km SE Turkey Creek WA
Model
47G3B-KH4
Sector
Helicopter
Registration
VH-SUC
Damage
Substantial
Manufacturer
Kawasaki Heavy Industries