Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine failure or malfunction involving a Robinson R22 Beta, registered VH-NKV that occurred 90 km north-east of Karumba, Queensland on 6 August 2022

Investigation number:
AO-2022-038
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into an engine failure or malfunction involving a Robinson R22 Beta, registered VH-NKV, that occurred 90 km north-east of Karumba, Queensland on 6 August 2022.

The pilot reported that after take-off and climbing to about 500–600 ft, the engine lost power and the pilot conducted an autorotation. The helicopter collided with terrain and was destroyed. The pilot was uninjured.

The ATSB will be conducting an examination of the aircraft engine and interview involved parties. A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

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.

General details
Date: 06 August 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 06:40 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 90 km north-east of Karumba   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2023    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22 BETA  
Aircraft registration VH-NKV  
Serial number 4637  
Operator GULF COAST AVIATION PTY LTD  
Type of operation Part 138 Aerial work operations-Unknown Part 138  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Lotus Vale Station, Queensland  
Destination Inkerman Station, Queensland  
Last update 12 August 2022