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.