NTSB Identification: LAX06WA004
Accident occurred Thursday, October 06, 2005 in Nr Calindary Ho, Australia
Aircraft: Robinson R-22 Beta, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On October 6, 2005, at 1921 local time, a Robinson R-22 Beta, Australian registry VH-HUZ, was observed to descend rapidly and collide with terrain at Nr Calindary Homestead, New South Wales. The helicopter was operated by Muncoota Pty Ltd. The pilot was fatally injured, the passenger seriously injured, and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) reported that the helicopter pilot requested a homestead to turn on its light to assist with his navigation. After the lights were turned on the aircraft was observed to conduct an 180-degree turn before descending rapidly and impacting the ground.

This accident is under the jurisdiction of and is being investigated by the Australian Transportation Safety Board Bureau. Further information can be obtained by contacting them at:

15 Mort St, Braddon, ACT 2612, Australia
PO Box 967, Civic Square ACT 2806, Australia
Phone: +61 2 6230 4408

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