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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216535
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 R22
Registration: VH-UXI
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3km NNE of Greta, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:YMND
Destination airport:YMND
Investigating agency: BASI
Following a period of circuit practice, the instructor was demonstrating some en route emergency procedures. An autorotation was entered from 2000 feet, with the pilot aiming for a paddock on the side of a river. He advised that descent was continued to about 250 feet above the ground. Shortly after power was re-applied the helicopter collided with a set of power lines and dived to the ground. The pilot had noted two other sets of wires in the area, but had not sighted a set of three cables between the others until immediately before the collision. The helicopter was being operated outside the designated training area. The grey oxidised powerlines, which were estimated to be between 80 and 100 feet above ground level, were very difficult to see against the overcast sky conditions. The span between supporting poles was greater than those between the other sets of cables.


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

Revision history:

22-Oct-2018 08:03 Pineapple Added

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