ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 120993
Last updated: 23 November 2014
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Date:03-JAN-2011
Time:15:30 local
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R-44 Raven 1
Owner/operator:Heli-Charters
Registration: VH-HOT
C/n / msn: 1953
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:In the sea off Cairns, Queensland, close to mouth of Barron River -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Cairns, Queensland (YBCS)
Destination airport:Cairns, Queensland (YBCS)
Narrative:
On 3 January 2011, at about 1530 Eastern Standard Time a Robinson Company R44 Raven 1 Clipper helicopter, registered VH-HOT, departed Cairns Airport, Queensland for a 30 minute charter. On board the helicopter was the pilot and three non-English speaking passengers. About 25 minutes into the flight, at about 400 ft above sea level, the engine failed and the rotor low rpm horn sounded. The pilot broadcast a Mayday and entered autorotation. During the descent he deployed the inflatable floats, however the right float did not fully inflate.

The pilot stated that at 50 feet above the sea, the helicopter entered an uncommanded 360 degree yaw to the left. The pilot was unable to control the yaw and the helicopter impacted the water heavily and turned onto its right side. The pilot assisted the passengers to egress the helicopter and inflated their life preservers. They were rescued from the water by fishermen in a small boat.

The 34-year-old-pilot, a 40-year-old man, and two women, aged 36 and 46, were taken to Cairns Base Hospital.

Sources:
1. http://www..gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2011/aair/ao-2011-001.aspx
2. http://www.helihub.com/2011/01/03/03-jan-11-robinson-r22-cairns-australia/
3. http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2011/01/04/142805_local-news.html
4. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/chopper-crash-off-cairns/story-fn3dxity-1225981200389
5. http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/438372-chopper-crash-off-cairns.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Mar-2011 00:24 Petro Added
22-Dec-2011 14:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Narrative]
22-Dec-2011 14:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
22-Dec-2011 14:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
04-May-2014 17:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
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