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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46234
Last updated: 14 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22 Beta
Registration: ZK-HUL
MSN: 0945
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Masterton -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Masterton, NZ
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
The pilot was on a solo consolidation flight following dual type-rating instruction on the R22. As the helicopter was climbing out after takeoff and had reached an altitude of about 400 feet, witnesses on the aerodrome heard a loud noise and saw pieces flying off the helicopter.

It free-fell to the ground; the pilot was killed and the helicopter destroyed. The main rotor rpm had decayed, and one main rotor blade struck the cabin, then detached from the helicopter.

Investigators say the accident sequence was consistent with over pitching of the main rotor and the striking of the airframe by one main rotor blade.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
20-Dec-2011 16:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Aug-2013 13:35 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
16-Aug-2014 13:02 Aerossurance Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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