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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 218932
Last updated: 27 October 2020
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Time:10:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22
Owner/operator:North West Mustering Services (Charter) Pty
Registration: VH-HAP
C/n / msn: 0600
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Miranda Downs, 53 nm NE of Normanton, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Miranda Downs, Queensland
Destination airport:Miranda Downs, Queensland
Investigating agency: BASI
Substantially damaged 28/7/1988 in an accident at Miranda Downs, 53 nautical miles North East of Normanton, Queensland. The pilot reported that he was mustering in a creek bed when one of the cattle ran at the helicopter. As he manoeuvred to avoid the animal, the tail rotor contacted a tree, destroying the tail rotor and associated gearbox. The aircraft was landed without further damage. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

It was considered that the following factors were relevant to the development of the accident:
1. The pilot flew an evasive manoeuvre to avoid a beast running at the helicopter.
2. The pilot misjudged the horizontal clearance behind the helicopter.
3. Operational hazard - mustering operations at low altitude in confined areas.



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

Revision history:

03-Dec-2018 09:10 Pineapple Added
10-Jan-2019 20:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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