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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 218452
Last updated: 22 March 2019
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Date:24-NOV-2018
Time:08:00 ACST
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22 BETA
Owner/operator:Hewitt Cattle Australia Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-KZV
C/n / msn: 4454
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:125 km NE of Alice Springs, NT -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Albalindum Station, NT
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 24 November 2018, at about 08:00 ACST (Australian Central Standard Time), a Robinson R22 helicopter, registered VH-KZV, collided with terrain about 125 km east-north-east of Alice Springs Airport. The pilot was fatally injured and the passenger was seriously injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged.

The pilot held a private helicopter pilot licence and was employed by a cattle station for general flying duties, which included cattle mustering. On the morning of the accident, the pilot and passenger were tasked to assist with the recovery of a motor vehicle, located about 63 km east-north-east of Ambalindum Station (departure point). A station hand assisted them with preparing the helicopter for departure. The station hand could not recall the actual time of departure, but estimated it was between 07:30 and 07:45.

At about 08:11, the pilotís Spot Tracker device transmitted its location in SOS mode. A local helicopter company in Alice Springs was subsequently tasked by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre to transport a paramedic to the reported location and conduct a search and rescue. In addition, Ambalindum Station dispatched two employees by road to investigate. The search helicopter pilot located the wreckage of the R22 at the reported location, and the paramedic subsequently attended to the accident pilot and passenger. At about 10:45 the paramedic found the pilot deceased and the passenger in a serious condition. The rescue helicopter departed to collect the two station employees who were en route to assist with the emergency response. The rescue helicopter pilot and the paramedic, with the assistance of the two station employees, retrieved the passenger and transported him to Ambalindum Station for treatment by a retrieval doctor, before transporting him to Alice Springs Hospital for further medical attention.

The ATSB attended the accident site on 26 and 27 November 2018. The helicopterís clock had stopped at about 0756. The helicopter had impacted the ground on a downslope, in an easterly direction, and continued down the slope, producing debris as it struck rocks and trees, before crossing a dry creek bed. The helicopter came to rest on the far side of the creek bed, in a southerly direction, with the port side of the helicopter resting against the up slope of the far bank. The main rotor disc struck and separated the rear section of tail cone as a consequence of the accident sequence. Significant torsional deflection of the tail rotor driveshaft intermediate flexible coupling indicated that it was rotating when the strike occurred.

Sources:

1. https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2018/aair/ao-2018-077/
2. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-24/helicopter-crash-northern-territory-man-killed/10551914
3. https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/man-dead-in-helicopter-crash-near-alice-springs/news-story/9f113a0dc7fe17c60cf74e0b6ebba079
4. NTSB Identification WPR19WA032: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20181127X15732&ntsbno=WPR19WA032&akey=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Nov-2018 06:41 gerard57 Added
24-Nov-2018 07:35 gerard57 Updated [Source]
24-Nov-2018 08:06 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
24-Nov-2018 08:28 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
25-Nov-2018 11:45 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
25-Nov-2018 12:20 Chieftain Updated [Time]
27-Nov-2018 10:19 Pineapple Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source]
20-Mar-2019 16:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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