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17-May-17 VH-MNU Robinson R44 Moreton Island, Australia

During aerial work, the helicopter collided with trees and subsequently with terrain. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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12-May-16 VH-WGB Robinson R22B Wallal Downs Station, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-WGB, 220 km NE of Port Hedland Airport, Western Australia, on 12 May 2016.

While conducting aerial work, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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25-Mar-16 VH-WHU Bell 206B Mackay, Australia (1F)

The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter accident near Camila, Queensland on 25 March 2016.

During crop spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines before colliding with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by post-impact fire.

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21-Mar-16 VH-RGY Robinson R22 Richmond, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-RGY, at Richmond Airport, Queensland, on 21 March 2016.

After engine start, the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.

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20-Feb-16 VH-LYW Robinson R22 Roma, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a wirestrike and collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-LYW, 88 km northeast of Roma, Queensland, on 20 February 2016.

During aerial mustering operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and subsequently collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed.

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14-Feb-16 VH-HXY Robinson R44 Hughenden, Australia

During the approach and landing, the pilot sighted powerlines strung across his landing point, and manoeuvred to remain clear of them.  While on the ground, the wind veered from a southwest to a southerly direction, so that to take off into wind, the helicopter would track perpendicular to the powerlines. After completing the pre-take-off checks, the pilot turned his attention to a mob of cattle, to ensure the noise of the helicopter would not send them through a fence.  Taking off initially parallel to the powerlines, and the pilot then turned to manoeuvre around a tree and climbed to about 20 ft above ground level. The tree momentarily obscured the powerlines and the pilot’s attention was on the cattle.

As the helicopter rounded the tree, at an airspeed of about 50 kt, the skids struck the powerlines. The pilot heard the wires contact the helicopter and it decelerated rapidly. The pilot lowered collective and pulled back on the cyclic, but the helicopter rolled forwards over the wires, descended rapidly, and collided with the ground passenger-side down in a nose down attitude. The wire was hooked on the helicopter’s right skid, with power still running through it. After the blades stopped turning, the pilot exited the helicopter. The pilot was not injured and the helicopter was destroyed.

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19-Dec-15 VH-NPS Airbus AS350B3 Glenbrook, Australia

Helicopter was conducting fire control work with one crewperson on board. The fire control work included use of a Bambi Bucket to drop water on the fires, slung under the helicopter by a 100 ft long-line. The pilot elected to land the helicopter at Glenbrook helipad to refuel. The helicopter landed with the bucket and line in front of the helicopter, and the fuel drum to the right of the helicopter. The pilot realised that the helicopter’s fuel cap was on the left side and therefore needed to turn the helicopter around to access the fuel drum.

The crewperson exited, stood in front of the helicopter, and took hold of the long-line to ensure it remained clear during the turn. The pilot then lifted the helicopter to about 2 ft above ground level. The crewperson used hand signals to direct the pilot to conduct a right turn, walking to stay in front of the helicopter and remain in the pilot’s sight. After the helicopter had turned around, the crewperson gave the signal to lower the helicopter, which the pilot followed. As the helicopter lowered down, the tail rotor struck the bucket, which was on the ground behind the helicopter. The pilot detected the strike as a vibration through the pedals, and immediately moved the helicopter forward slightly, lowered the collective, and landed.

The tail rotor was damaged; the pilot and crewperson were uninjured.

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12-Nov-15 VH-HWJ Robinson R22 Kiana Station, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-HWJ, 90km S of McArthur River Mine, Northern Territory, on 12 November 2015.

While conducting aerial mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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07-Nov-15 VH-GKK Airbus EC135T1 Cooranbong, Australia (3F)

Crashed in remote area killing all three on board – owner Richard Green, his wife Carolyn and their travelling companion, John Davis, a renowned documentary film-maker.

Mr Green used his helicopter as a “flying camper van” and frequently went to obscure locations – and this meant that a search party was not launched for over 36 hours after the accident occurred.

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06-Nov-15 VH-NCL Robinson R22 Newman, Australia

Shortly after take-off, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

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03-Nov-15 VH-WPX Airbus AS365N3 Jandakot, Australia

After returning from a test flight, a maintenance inspection revealed damage to a main rotor blade.

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02-Nov-15 VH-SFX Airbus AS350BA Whyanbeel, Australia

EMS helicopter reported en route to helicopter accident. Initial reports say four or five on board, most agree on four injured with the pilot needing airlifting

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07-Oct-15 VH-ZWA Robinson R44 Darwin, Australia

During takeoff, the helicopter rolled over. The pilot, the only person on board, received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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28-Jul-15 VH-JEW Cicare CH-7B Roy Hill Station, Australia (1F)

Initial ATSB report says “collided with terrain”.

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21-Jul-15 Eurocopter Tiger Darwin, Australia

Precautionary landing by a road after warning light illuminated – later cleared for direct flight back to base

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20-Jul-15 VH-YHF AgustaWestland AW139 Litchfield National Park, Australia

EMS Aircraft went AOG on scene and could not take off.

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14-Jul-15 VH-VOH Robinson R44 Alice Springs, Australia

During mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, sustained minor injuries.

Final report says “According to the Carburettor Icing Probability chart, the conditions indicated a high probability of serious carburettor icing at descent power.”

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28-Jun-15 VH-RBO Robinson R22 Daly Waters, Australia

When at about 100 ft above ground level and an airspeed of 40 knots, the pilot conducted a turn into wind. As the helicopter turned, the pilot received a low rotor rpm warning. The helicopter collided with terrain and rolled onto its side, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot sustained minor injuries.

Final report says “The Robinson Helicopter Company Safety Notice SN-24 states that rotor stall due to low RPM causes a very high percentage of helicopter accidents. These mostly occur close to the ground during take-off and landing. Safety Notice SN-10 reminds pilots to have their ‘reflexes conditioned so they will instantly add throttle and lower collective to maintain RPM in an emergency’.”

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23-Jun-15 VH-RBT Robinson R22 Boyup Brook, Australia

After lift-off, about 30 ft above the ground the pilot reported that the canopy became shrouded in condensation. With a loss of visual reference, the pilot attempted to manoeuvre the helicopter to an area suitable for landing. During the attempt to land, the helicopter struck the ground and rolled on its side. The passenger has minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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14-Jun-15 VH-KJJ Robinson R44 Timber Creek, Australia (1F)

The aircraft collided with terrain while conducting aerial agriculture operations. The pilot, the only person on board, died as a result of the accident – named here as Dougal Brett

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28-May-15 VH-HRW Robinson R22 Mitchell, Australia (1F)

It has been reported that the helicopter’s tail rotor clipped a tree resulting in a loss of control and subsequent collision with terrain.  The pilot was fatally injured – and named here as Jeff Dean

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11-Apr-15 Pinnarendi, Australia

Pilot suffered shoulder and pelvis injuries in helicopter accident

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20-Mar-15 VH-HUA Robinson R22 Mount Isa, Australia

During manoeuvring the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

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28-Feb-15 VH-CMK Robinson R22 Archerfield, Australia

During training operations, the helicopter rolled onto its side. The helicopter was substantially damaged, however both pilots were uninjured.

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28-Feb-15 VH-YHD Enstrom 280C Deception Bay, Australia

Crashed into mudflats.  Pilot out and OK.

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11-Feb-15 VH-APP Robinson R22 Kalbarri, Australia

After landing, the pilot and passenger disembarked from the helicopter and left the engine running. The helicopter subsequently lifted off with nobody at the controls, and collided with terrain. The pilot and passenger were uninjured.

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10-Feb-15 VH-YLP Robinson R22 Orange, Australia

During flight training, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The instructor and student pilot sustained minor injuries.

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01-Feb-15 VH-YYF Robinson R44 Hughenden, Australia

After take-off, the helicopter lost lift and collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.

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23-Jan-15 VH-ZBH Robinson R22 Herbertvale Cattleyard, Australia

After take-off, the engine lost power and the pilot conducted a forced landing. The helicopter collided with the ground resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were uninjured.

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16-Jan-15 VH-SSD Robinson R22 Roma, Australia

While conducting aerial mustering at about 100 ft above ground level, the helicopter encountered a tailwind resulting in a high rate of descent. The helicopter collided with the ground resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.

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09-Jan-15 VH-YMD Robinson R44 Alice Springs, Australia

After taking off and clearing some trees, the helicopter began to lose rotor RPM and the pilot elected to land nearby. During the landing, the helicopter sustained some damage, but the helicopter remained upright and the pilot and passengers were uninjured.  Helicopter was being used for a police search for a missing 23-year old who died after trying to ride a tyre tube down the normally dry Todd River.

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24-Dec-14 VH-FTY Schweizer 300CBi Parafield, Australia

During circuit training operations, the helicopter collided with terrain and rolled onto its left side. The helicopter was substantially damaged, however both pilots were uninjured.

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27-Nov-14 VH-WSN Robinson R44 Archerfield, Australia

Blown onto side in hail storm when parked on grass

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27-Nov-14 Archerfield, Australia

Tail boom damaged when parked inside hangar during a hail storm which ripped off the hangar doors

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23-Nov-14 VH-YYS Robinson R44 Archer River, Australia

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into a Forced landing and ground fire involving a Robinson R44, VH-YYS, 56 km E of Archer River, Queensland on 23 November 2014

During cruise, the pilot detected abnormal engine indications and received a low rotor RPM warning. He conducted a forced landing into long grass which was then ignited by the helicopter’s exhaust. The helicopter was destroyed by fire and the pilot and passenger were uninjured.

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18-Nov-14 VH-HPH Roibinson R22 Lavelle Station, Australia

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into a Collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, registration VH-HPH, at Lavelle Station, Northern Territory on 18 November 2014.

During air work at 1,000 feet, the tail rotor drive system failed. The helicopter commenced an uncommanded spiral and landed heavily. The pilot and passenger were not injured and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

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28-Oct-14 Stanthorpe, Australia

Helicopter clipped powerlines, causing it to crash.  The accident caused a 30 acre grass fire

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07-Oct-14 VH-CLR Bell 206B Cooktown, Australia

The Bell 206 helicopter was conducting a passenger carrying charter flight with passengers and has collided with terrain on Mt Cook. The helicopter has rolled onto its side and there are two persons with serious injuries and two with minor injuries.  One press report quotes the local Mayor saying that the helicopter was hovering close to the rock while he attempted to board when a gust of wind tipped the helicopter, crashing it into the rock.

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28-Sep-14 Warmun, Australia

“It appears the pilot had attempted a take-off, however clipped a tree on the way up which caused the helicopter to roll and crash,” police spokesman said.  Pilot and his passenger/grandson not seriously injured

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23-Sep-14 VH-HLB Robinson R44 Tindal, Australia

While hovering to assess a potential landing site, the pilot received a LOW ROTOR RPM warning. The pilot then lowered the collective but the helicopter struck a tree and landed hard. Both occupants received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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14-Sep-14 VH-FHX Bell 206B Jabiru, Australia

During the approach to a confined landing area, the pilot was alerted to an object to the left of the helicopter and while manoeuvring to avoid this object, the main rotor and tail rotor struck a tree. The pilot conducted a missed approach and after the subsequent landing, assessed the damage as minor and elected to continue the flight. An engineering inspection at the end of the day revealed substantial damage to the rotor blades.

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25-Aug-14 VH-YPC Robinson R22 Halls Creek, Australia (1F)

During the ferry flight, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was destroyed by fire and the pilot died in the accident.

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20-Aug-14 VH-JRX Robinson R66 Giru, Australia

While conducting aerial agricultural operations, the helicopter struck a wire and subsequently collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot received minor injuries.

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12-Jul-14 VH-ZZM Robinson R22 Dingo, Australia

While conducting a practice autorotation, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and a pilot sustained serious injuries.  As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information.

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20-Jun-14 VH-NKW Bell 206L3 Taroom, Australia

While conducting sling load operations, the load at the end of the long line became tangled. The pilot attempted to land the helicopter, however when at about 10 ft above ground level, the line pulled tight. The pilot was unable to release the line, and the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot received minor injuries.

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23-May-14 VH-WDB Robinson R22 Congararra Station, Australia

During approach to land, the tail boom detached from the helicopter. The helicopter touched down then rolled over. The pilot sustained no injuries but the helicopter was destroyed.

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18-May-14 VH-HAY Robinson R22 Fitzroy Crossing, Australia

R22  conducting mustering operations near Fitzroy Crossing WA, collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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17-May-14 VH-OSQ Bell OH-58A Coffs Harbour, Australia

During the initial climb, passing about 100 ft above ground level, the engine lost power. The pilot conducted a forced landing and the helicopter landed heavily, resulting in substantial damage to the landing skid and tail boom.

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13-May-14 VH-HEP Robinson R22 Hughenden, Australia

Helicopter was conducting aerial mustering operations. It was reported that the helicopter’s main rotor clipped a tree and that the aircraft landed in long grass where it was destroyed by fire. The pilot was uninjured.

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12-May-14 VH-SWQ Cicare CH-7B Barcaldine, Australia (1F)

During cattle spotting operations, the helicopter impacted trees and collided with terrain, coming to rest inverted. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot was fatally injured – named here as Michael Wills

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11-Apr-14 Sydney, Australia

EMS helicopter went AOG on scene on M7 motorway

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27-Mar-14 VH-HRX Robinson R22 Borroloola, Australia

During aerial mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot sustained serious injuries.

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22-Mar-14 VH-WSR Bell 412EP Newcastle, Australia

During the cruise, the crew observed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at about 1,000 ft above ground level. The UAV turned and tracked towards the helicopter and the helicopter crew took evasive action to avoid a collision.

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22-Mar-14 VH-YPS Robinson R22 Fitzroy Crossing, Australia

During the cruise, an object which had been secured with a seat belt, became loose and jammed the cyclic control, resulting in the helicopter nose pitching down. The helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage.

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02-Mar-14 VH-YYS Robinson R44 Mareeba, Australia

During take-off on translation from hover to forward flight, the rotor blades started slapping and flapping, resulting in a loss of control. The helicopter was substantially damaged.

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23-Feb-14 VH-HAK Hughes 300C Legerwood, Australia

The helicopter took off to reposition for refuelling and after about 1 minute, at about 30 ft above ground level, the engine stopped. The helicopter landed heavily, collided with an embankment and was substantially damaged.

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22-Feb-14 VH-UGR Robinson R44 Yass, Australia

During take-off, the helicopter rolled over and collided with terrain.

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21-Feb-14 VH-XJA Bell 206B Sunshine Coast, Australia

During a practice autorotation, the helicopter landed heavily resulting in substantial damage.

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20-Feb-14 VH-BNG Bell 206B Mission Beach, Australia

During agricultural operations on a banana plantation, the helicopter clipped a tree and subsequently collided with terrain. As a result of the collision the pilot sustained injuries and the helicopter was completely wrecked (photo)

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21-Jan-14 VH-JYV Eurocopter EC120 Port Headland, Australia

During a practice autorotation from 1 500 ft, the engine failed and the crew completed an autorotation landing. An engineering inspection did not reveal the reason for the failure

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07-Jan-14 Glen Aplin, Australia

Air Ambulance helicopter went AOG at accident scene

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08-Dec-13 VH-VMT Eurocopter EC120 Byron Bay, Australia

During landing at a private property, the helicopter skid and main rotor contacted the ground and the helicopter rolled over onto its right side. The occupants were able to exit uninjured but the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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13-Nov-13 VH-STK Robinson R22 Normanton, Australia

While conducting aerial mustering operations, the helicopter’s engine suddenly stopped. During the forced landing, the main rotor blades severed the tail boom, resulting in substantial damage.

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12-Nov-13 VH-NDL Bell 206B Finke, Australia

Drive shaft failed on final approach at 400ft . Main blades severed tail boom in ensuing autorotation landing.

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06-Nov-13 VH-UGC Robinson R44 Mount Buller, Australia

Roll-over close to helipad.  All four got out OK.  No fire.

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02-Nov-13 VH-VDZ Bell 206L Melbourne, Australia

Crashed on take-off, falling onto its side.  Sole occupant pilot Emma Bobridge to hospital but released within 12 hours

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18-Oct-13 Wyong, Australia

Firefighting helicopter got bucket caught in powerlines.  No mention of any damage to the helicopter, but the fire bucket was damaged and separated from the aircraft (not known if jetissoned or broke).  Also, powerlines brought down

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13-Sep-13 VH-ONT Robinson R22 Armidale, Australia

An instructor and his trainee student have survived a helicopter crash in a paddock with only minor injuries.  R22 ended up on its starboard side.  Student reportedly   moved the engine mixture control instead of the carburettor heat control,

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01-Sep-13 VH-HVW Robinson R22 Lake Nash Station, Australia

Taking off after refuelling, banked hard and crashed into the ground.  The pilot, 34-year-old Shane Templeton, was ejected from the aircraft and sustained serious head injuries.

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31-Aug-13 VH-VAS Bell 412EP Mansfield, Australia (1F)

68-year old man, named as Robert Davis, fell 30m from a winch harness and died while being winched on board after injuring his ankle.  Press reports say he weighed between 120 – 140 kg, and this will be taken into account during the investigations.

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15-Aug-13 VH-RTO Bell 47G5A Northcote, Australia

During cruise, the pilot reported rough running and partial power loss. The pilot conducted an auto-rotation into the fields of Northcote High School

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31-Jul-13 VH-EPQ Bell 206B Camden, Australia

During a practice auto rotation, the helicopter landed heavily.

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31-Jul-13 VH-SMI Bell 206B Horn Island, Australia

During aerial photography work at low level, the helicopter ditched onto the edge of a reef. The occupants were uninjured and the helicopter sustained substantial damage.

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23-Jul-13 VH-KHJ Bell 47G.2A Amberley, Australia

During aerial work, the engine failed and the pilot conducted a forced landing. The occupants were uninjured and the helicopter sustained substantial damage.

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15-Jul-13 VH-ZON Robinson R44 Arkaroola, Australia

During a scenic flight, the pilot heard a loud bang followed by a yaw to the right. The pilot conducted a forced landing into trees. The pilot and two passengers escaped injury, however the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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