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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 218883
Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:03-JUL-1988
Time:09:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22
Owner/operator:
Registration: VH-ECP
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Van Lee Station, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:Van Lee Station, QLD
Destination airport:Van Lee Station, QLD
Narrative:
The pilot reported that the helicopter was being hovered above trees when he felt a kick accompanied by a loss of power. He began to manoeuvre towards a clear area but had to pull up to avoid tree tops. The engine surged again and the rotor RPM dropped. By the time the helicopter was over the clearing the "ROTOR LOW RPM" warning horn was sounding. Shortly afterwards, the helicopter struck the ground heavily in a level attitude. No fault was found with the helicopter which might have explained the reported power loss. However, the aircraft had been transported a considerable distance over rough terrain before it was examined. This could have allowed possible causal evidence to be disturbed.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1988/aair/aair198803467/
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/28416/aair198803467.pdf


Revision history:

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