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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 214959
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22A
Registration: VH-UXR
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Reola Station, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Reola Station, NSW
Destination airport:Reola Station, NSW
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot intended to land the helicopter near a water tank so that he could free sheep bogged in the muddy ground. When the aircraft was at about 80 feet above ground level on descent, the pilot applied power and raised the collective to reduce the rate of descent. He heard a bang, followed by a noise he described as clutch growl and the helicopter began to vibrate severely. The collective was lowered momentarily and power was reapplied, however, the clutch growl and vibration continued. The pilot lowered the collective but the helicopter struck the ground firmly at a low forward speed and the main rotor severed the tail boom. Subsequent investigation revealed that the clutch had suffered an overload failure, however the reason for the failure was not determined. The associated loss of power occurred at a height and speed combination which precluded the pilot from establishing an autorotative descent.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

02-Sep-2018 02:28 Pineapple Added

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