Investigation number
AO-2023-005
Occurrence date
Location
Hamilton Island Airport
State
Queensland
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Evidence collection
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Transmission and gearbox
Occurrence category
Incident
Anticipated completion

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a transmission issue involving a Robinson Helicopter Company R44, registered VH-ZUJ, that occurred at Hamilton Island Airport, Queensland, on 8 January 2023.

While on approach to runway 14, the pilot observed the clutch light illuminate for about 10 seconds. In response, the pilot isolated the circuit breaker and continued the approach to land as soon as practical. The post-flight inspection identified that the clutch motor had become detached and was resting between the fan shroud and drive belts.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Qualia, Qld
Destination
Hamilton Island Airport
Model
R44
Serial number
2684
Sector
Helicopter
Registration
VH-ZUJ
Operation type
Part 133 Air transport operations - rotorcraft
Damage
Nil
Manufacturer
Robinson Helicopter Co
Aircraft Operator
Whitsunday Air Services Pty Ltd