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The ATSB is investigating a forced landing involving a Robinson R44 helicopter, registered VH-HGX, 5 km S Ayers Rock Airport, Northern Territory, on 17 January 2018.

During climb, the pilot received a low rotor speed warning, entered an autorotation and conducted a forced landing on a sand dune. The helicopter subsequently rolled, resulting in serious injuries to the pilot and one passenger. Two passengers sustained minor injuries.

As part of the investigation the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information.

A report will be released within several months.

General details
Date: 17 January 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 18:00 CST  
Location   (show map):Ayers Rock Airport, 5 km South Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Expected completion: June 2018 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R44 
Aircraft registration: VH-HGX 
Serial number: 0762 
Operator: Professional Helicopter Services 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Ayres Rock, NT
Destination:Ayres Rock, NT
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Last update 08 February 2018