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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232023
Last updated: 7 May 2020
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Date:09-JAN-2020
Time:16:00
Type:Bell-Garlick UH-1H Iroquois
Owner/operator:Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-ONZ
C/n / msn: 5229
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ben Boyd Reservoir, Ben Boyd National Park NSW -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The helicopter ditched to the waters of Ben Boyd Reservoir in south eastern NSW during aerial firefighting operations. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, escaped from the inverted helicopter with only minor injuries. At the time of the accident, the helicopter was operating with the callsign HELITACK 205.

Sources:

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pilot-of-waterbombing-helicopter-escapes-after-crash-while-fighting-nsw-bushfires
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6574015/firefighting-helicopter-crashes-into-dam-near-eden-man-taken-to-hospital/?cs=14264
https://fireaviation.com/

https://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/628682-nsw-bushfire-crash.html


Images:

Photo of VH-ONZ courtesy AirHistory.net


Redcliffe (YRED)
30 May 2010; (c) Ian McDonell


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Jan-2020 07:47 gerard57 Added
09-Jan-2020 08:39 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code, Photo]
09-Jan-2020 18:52 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
09-Jan-2020 19:41 Kardz Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
09-Jan-2020 20:00 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Jan-2020 20:58 Geno Updated [Source]
12-Jan-2020 15:45 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
13-Jan-2020 22:13 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
25-Jan-2020 04:49 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]

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