The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an engine failure or malfunction involving Robinson Helicopter R44, registered VH-KOV, that occurred near Nathan River Station, Northern Territory on 16 May 2022.
During sight seeing operations, the engine ran rough and failed. The pilot conducted an autorotation where the helicopter collided with terrain and was destroyed. The pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries and one passenger sustained serious injuries.
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:||16 May 2022||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||15:30 AUS Central Standard Time||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Nathan River Station||Investigation phase:||Examination and analysis|
|State:||Northern Territory||Occurrence type:||Engine failure or malfunction|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Serious|
|Anticipated completion:||4th Quarter 2022|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Robinson Helicopter Co|
|Operator||Wellspring Rural Services Pty Ltd|
|Type of operation||Part 133 Air Transport operation - Rotorcraft|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Lorella Springs Homestead, NT|
|Destination||Lorella Springs Homestead, NT|