The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has commenced a transport safety investigation into a drivetrain belt failure and forced landing involving a Robinson R44, registered VH-SXC, about 6 NM west of Hamilton Island, Queensland, on 3 February 2021.
During cruise, the pilot detected fumes in the cockpit and noticed the clutch actuator light flicker, followed by an issue with the drivetrain belts and conducted a forced landing at a resort. The post-flight inspection revealed a drivetrain belt was missing.
As part of the investigation, ATSB transport safety investigators will interview involved parties, analyse any available recorded data, and examine maintenance records and other relevant documentation.
A report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation. However, should any critical safety issues be identified at any stage during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.
|Date:||03 February 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||12:55 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Hamilton Island Aerodrome, 248° T 9Km||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Transmission and gearbox|
|Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Robinson Helicopter Co|
|Aircraft model||R44 Clipper II|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Proserpine, Queensland|
|Destination||Whitehaven Beach, Queensland|