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The ATSB is investigating the ditching of Robinson R44, VH-WRR, 49 km N of Hamilton Island Aerodrome, Queensland, on 8 November 2017.

During cruise, the engine lost partial power and the helicopter was unable to maintain altitude. The pilot conducted an autorotation and deployed the emergency flotation system, landing on water. The crew and passengers were not injured  and were rescued by a local vessel. The helicopter was subsequently submerged in the water. As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and obtain additional information.

A final investigation report will be released following the conclusion of the ATSB’s investigation.

General details
Date: 08 November 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 15:08 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):49 km N of Hamilton Island Occurrence type:Ditching 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: November 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R44 
Aircraft registration: VH-WRR 
Serial number: 2410 
Operator: Whitsunday Air Services 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hamilton Island, Qld
Destination:Hamilton Island, Qld
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Last update 12 December 2017