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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 230074
Last updated: 20 October 2019
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Date:12-SEP-2019
Time:15:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 II
Owner/operator:Barossa Helicopters Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-YBI
C/n / msn: 13330
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Parachilna, SA -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Parachilna, SA
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 12 September 2019, a Robinson R44 II helicopter landed at Parachilna, South Australia to unload passengers after conducting a scenic flight in the Wilpena Pound area. The landing area was a raised disused railway platform that the pilot had used previously as it allowed the tail rotor to be maintained well clear of any possible obstacles.

At approximately 15:40 Central Standard Time, after the passengers were unloaded and had moved away from the helicopter, the pilot commenced the lift into the hover. As the helicopter became light on the skids, the helicopter‘s nose pitched up and it began to roll to the left. The tail rotor impacted the ground and the main rotor struck the tail boom.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/occurrence-briefs/2019/aviation/ab-2019-033/
https://www.australias.guide/sa/attraction-tour/barossa-helicopters-pty-ltd/
https://www.regosearch.com/aircraft/au/YBI


Images:

Photo of VH-YBI courtesy AirHistory.net


Rowland Flat (YRWF)
14 April 2013; (c) Andrei Bezmylov

Revision history:

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