Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Robinson R22, VH-KLY, 70 km WNW of Hay, New South Wales on 26 May 21

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a collision with terrain accident involving a Robinson R22 helicopter 70 km WNW of Hay, New South Wales, on 26 May 2021.

During aerial agricultural operations, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured.

As part of the investigation the ATSB will examine the wreckage, analyse any available recorded data, review pilot and maintenance records, and interview involved parties.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken. 

General details
Date: 26 May 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 12:09 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 70 km west north west of Hay, New South Wales   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22 BETA  
Aircraft registration VH-KLY  
Serial number 4424  
Operator Stock and Station Aviation Pty. Ltd.  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 28 May 2021